The Taraba State Police Command on Thursday said they have arrested 35 suspects in connection with the recent violent clash involving suspected political youth groups in Jalingo, the state capital.
State Police Public Relations officer ASP David Misal told our correspondent that the command responded to a distress call when suspected political thugs engaged in a violent clash around the Jalingo market area which resulted in the burning down of shops.
According to him, on receipt of the distress call, the Commissioner Police Taraba State Command, Mr. David Akinremi gave a directive for the deployment of operatives of the command to quell the uprising.
“But before the arrival of the police, a shop had already been burned down.
“From the information we gathered, one of the rival political thugs was killed the previous day which led to the uprising.
“We will not relent in our efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements.
“We, therefore, warn criminals and those who would want to cause trouble especially as the elections draw near to steer clear of Taraba.
“I want to use this opportunity to assure residents of Taraba of their safety and urge them to cooperate with the police by giving useful information that will help in curbing the excesses of bandits and criminals.”
The PPRO said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.