The Special Task Force maintaining security in Plateau State has arrested nine suspects including one woman, for being in possession of explosives.
Coordinator, Media Centre of the force, Brigadier-General Donald Oji who paraded them before newsmen yesterday said they were suspected to be the source of explosives being used in the protracted crisis in the state.
He said the suspects who were arrested in Tudun Wada area of the state claimed to be using the explosives for mining activities but admitted they had no licence to be in possession of such devices.
Brigadier Oji said the explosives were hidden in a television set, inside cushion chairs and under carpets by the suspects before they were recovered adding that the claim by the suspects that they were miners would be investigated.
He said the suspects would be handed over to the police for prosecution on completion of investigations and appealed to the public to continue to assist the task force with useful information capable of leading to the arrest of trouble makers.
He advised the youth to continue to be law abiding and avoid acts capable of breaching the peace. The items recovered include dynamites, electrical denotation tool, semi-liquid explosive and tiny bullets cartridges.
However, the only female among the suspects, Halima Sale protested her innocence saying she sold the explosive to stone crushers and had no idea that it could be used for any other thing.
She also denied that the nine of them belonged to a syndicate saying only herself and one of her customers were arrested together while others were picked up from different places.