Commander of the Special Task Force, Maj. Gen. Henry Ayoola, has said the task force has recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during an operation to flush out terrorists from the hills of Riyom and Barakin Ladi Local Government areas of Plateau State.
Ayoola said unspecified number of people had also been arrested.
The Federal Government had ordered the operation following the July 7 killing of hundreds of people in nine villages of the two local councils and the death, the following day, of two lawmakers – Senator Gyang Dantong and Mr. Gyang Fulani.
Fulani, who, until his death, was the majority leader in the Plateau House of Assembly.
Ayoola told journalists in Jos on Wednesday that because of the sensitivity of the assignment, the details of the recoveries and arrests would not be released until the operation had been completed.
According to Ayoola, successful military operation had taken place in the affected five villages in Riyom and Barkin Ladi councils before the villagers were allowed to return, adding that the operation was ongoing in Mahanga.
Ayoola said, “We are doing a thorough job in the area to ensure that by the time we are done, we will not hear of any attack in the area. There have been some arrests and confiscation of weapons and for now, we will not reveal the details.
“This is not like police arrests where you parade the suspects and display weapons. It is purely a military operation, which will be handled professionally.
“What you should know is that the operation raised the status of our activities in Jos. It changed the face of our operation from purely interval security duties to a high capacity military operation and therefore uncovering those weapons and all that may jeopardise operations.”
Ayoola described the situation in Plateau as very complex as there were so many interest groups with different agenda.
He added that most of the events that were said to have taken place in the restive neighbourhoods were exaggerated to suit certain interests in the state.
According to him, though there are few bad eggs, majority of the men operated according to the rules of engagement in an internal peace operation.