Jalingo — Security forces drafted to keep the peace in Ibi, a river bank town in southern Taraba, where a religious crisis on Sunday morning left at least 10 people dead, have arrested over 50 persons.
A security source said the men, who were armed with guns and machetes engaged the military in a shoot-out for several minutes before they were overpowered, arrested and taken to Jalingo. He added that some of the men were killed during the exchange of gunfire.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Taraba State Police Command, Amos Olaoye, confirmed the arrest, saying, "We arrested some suspects in connection with the Ibi crisis and we are investigating them to know where they came from and how involved they were in the crisis".
Our correspondent however reports that though there are reports of ongoing violence in villages around Ibi, especially at night, the police said its mere speculation.