JOS — The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba, on Sunday has ordered the immediate deployment of the Police Intervention Team to Plateau State to carry out an on-the-spot assessment following the killing of 25 travelers in the Rukuba area of Plateau Jos north local government on Saturday.
A total 20 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the killing, while other 33 people victims from the waylaid convoy of five buses have been rescued, police said on Sunday.
According to a statement by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba the team, which comprises personnel of Police Tactical Units – the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Special Forces, amongst others, is being led by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, Sanusi Lemu.
Also deployed are investigators and covert operatives from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) and the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), who are expected to provide additional investigative, intelligence and forensic support to the Plateau State Police Command in the ongoing investigations and rescue operations.
The statement said the squads are to ensure enhanced, coordinated response to protect the community and boost public confidence in the affected area(s) of the State in order to prevent further attacks as well as bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The statement added, ”The IGP, while condemning the incident, has called for calm and assured victims and relatives of the attack that the Police are working with the military, other security forces and the State Government to ensure that all perpetrators of the unfortunate incident are brought to book.”
The IGP enjoined citizens in the affected area(s) to support the security forces deployed to the hotspot by providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other perpetrators of the crime and forestall any further attack.
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