The Brigade Commander, 23 Armoured Brigade, Brig. Gen. Bello Mohammed, has handed over 71 persons arrested in connection with the conflict between the Waja and Luguda communities in Lamurde and Guyuk Local Government Areas of Adamawa State to the state Police Command for further investigations.
Bello said the arrests were made after two days of active engagement by the military to quell the inter-tribal conflict, which broke out between the two communities on New Year’s Day.
He described the internecine conflict between the two groups, which he noted had co-existed for decades, as a security threat.
“They are brothers who have lived with each other for a long time but last year (2018) alone, they had more than three bloody encounters of communal war. But in the latest crisis, we did not only stop it after two days of military engagement, but we also arrested 71 persons,” Bello stated.
While handing over the suspects, Bello charged the police criminal investigation unit to carry out proper profiling to determine those involved in the recurring crisis.
He said the charge became necessary because many of the suspects were youths, who defied constituted authorities.
Bello added, “When they saw us that day, instead of running, they felt the army was a toothless dog that can only bark and can’t bite. We had to fire some shots before they retreated.
“A lot of them, especially the stubborn ones wielding weapons, were cornered and arrested by soldiers.”
Following the arrest, the military added that it observed a restoration of order evidenced by the absence of further skirmishes.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, Abu Vocho, said he wanted peace to reign in the state as the general elections were approaching, adding that the military and the police would not relent in securing lives and property.