Plateau: Army Arrests 17 Suspects
The Nigerian Army says they have arrested 17 people in connection with the killing of at least 100 people in the central state of Plateau.
Army Spokesman, Major Adam Umar said three of the arrests were linked to killings in the Barikin Ladi area, while the other 14 were arrested in connection with the deaths of travellers in the south of the state capital, Jos.
The clashes are rooted in tensions over access to land between the pastoral herders and sedentary farmers but have also generated sectarian friction.
Police and army reinforcements have been sent to Plateau to improve security, while a dusk-to-dawn curfew remained in place in areas of the state to restore calm.
At least 86 persons were confirmed killed by suspected herdsmen during the attack on Gashish district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state last weekend.
The state governor, Mr Simon Lalong, also assured residents that the government remains committed to their security, and it is doing everything possible to ensure that perpetrators are not spared.