The Nigeria Police Force announced on Thursday that the newly formed Joint Tactical Operation Squad tasked with ending sectarian violence in southern Kaduna State has arrested 17 suspects in Kafanchan, who had in their possession firearms and ammunition.

Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris established the squad in response to the ongoing violence in southern Kaduna State. The team includes members of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, SIB, EOD, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Police K9, Police Air Wing, and Police Medical Team.

The suspects, arrested in Kafanchan and in surrounding areas, are as follows:

Nelson Paul, male, 36, Kaninkon Jamma’a LGA, Kaduna State
Bulus Jatau, male, 32, Jamma’a LGA, Kaduna State
Magaji Shaibu, male, 30, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Danlami Yakubu, male, 28, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Idris Bello, male, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Danjuma Barde, male, 39, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Goma Adamu, male, 28, Chukwum LGA, Kaduna State
Samuel Joshua, male, 29, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Abudulkareem Abdul, male, 20, Rigasa LGA, Kaduna State
Haruna Iliyasu, male, 20, Kiru LGA, Kaduna State
Hassan Idris, male, 25, Tsafe LGA, Kaduna State
Adamu Haruna, male, 28, Chikun, Kaduna State
Adamu Umar, male, 27, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Sulieman Saleh, male, 30, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Abubakar Mohammadu, male, 20, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State
Muhammadu Jori, male, 33, Igabi LGA, Kaduna State

The suspects will be charged to court for inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, causing mischief by fire, culpable homicide, theft, and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, according to the police’s press release.

Police also recovered 29 firearms and ammunition.

Suspects arrested in Kafanchan

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