The police on Thursday paraded 17 people suspected to have committed “culpable homicide and disturbance of peace in Southern Kaduna.”
This is coming on the heels of heightened criticism of the failure of government and its security agencies to arrest and prosecute killers of southern Kaduna Christians.
A spokesperson for the Nigeria police, Jimoh Moshood, spoke of the arrest of the 17 suspects when he paraded them on Thursday in Abuja before journalists.
He claimed that 29 assorted firearms were recovered from them.
The state Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai while commenting on the arrests on his twitter handle, stated that the suspects are Fulani herdsmen and natives of Southern Kaduna.
Reports claimed that over 800 Southern Kaduna Christians have been murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Some of the killings took place despite a curfew placed on some of the affected communities and the heavy presence of Nigerian security operatives in the area.
Both governor El-Rufai and other northern governors have claimed that those perpetrating the act are foreign Fulani herdsmen from other African countries.
The police did not however reveal if the arrested herdsmen are foreigners or Nigerians.
They are also yet to state clearly the roles the arrested southern Kaduna natives played in the gruesome murder of Christians in the area.
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