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Military arrests 6 over Taraba communal clash

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By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja—Soldiers from 93 Battalion in Takum, Taraba State, have arrested six persons and recovered arms and ammunition in connection with the recent communal clash in Ibi Local Government area of the state.

The Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lt Colonel Chima Obinna Egemole, said: “What happened on March 25 at Ibi was characterised by ethno-religious crisis.

“The incidence started by some youths throwing stones at Muslims in the mosque during Jumuat praying, which later escalated to sporadic shooting. A 24-hour curfew has been imposed.”

He restated the commitment of the troops to ensuring the safety of the citizens and more meetings held with stake-holders to resolve the crisis.

He said: “Six persons have so far been arrested in connection with the crisis and manhunt ongoing for other perpetrators.

“Three AK-47 assault rifles, two magazines, four single-barrelled guns, 11 cartridges, one axe, two hammers, one cutlass, two handsaws, one knife, three mobile phones, one catapult, one broken bottle, 19 rounds of 5.56mm, 104 rounds of 7.2mm special and one litre of PMS have so far been recovered.”


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