Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 January 2013

Nigeria: STF Arrests Man With Five Human Skulls

Jos — Special Task Force (STF), the security agency deployed specifically to secure flashpoints of Plateau State has paraded four suspects, including one arrested with five human skulls, one of the skulls fairly fresh.

"The suspect hid the skulls in the ceiling of his residence, although he denied that there were such things until the discovery by the STF," STF spokesman, Capt Salisu Mustapha explained to newsmen yesterday at the STF headquarters in Jos where the suspects were paraded.

A second suspect was displayed with two rounds of 7.62mm Special which Mustapha said the suspect kept in a soak-away behind his residence.

Both suspects were arrested by STF personnel in Mangu local government area, the STF spokesman explained.

He narrated how the other suspects were rounded up: "At about 6:00pm [Friday], STF personnel on patrol arrested a suspect at Foron Village of Barkin-Ladi LGA.

"He was arrested during a stop-and-search operation and one locally made rifle, one locally made pistol, one round of 7.62mm Special, and one empty case each of 7.62mm Special and 9 mm respectively were found on him.

"Furthermore, another cordon-and-search operation was conducted at Busa Bugi area of Jos North LGA at about 11:00pm and one suspect was arrested with a locally made revolver pistol and five cartridges."

Mustapha who would not have the names of any of the suspects mentioned said the suspects would be handed over to "the appropriate authorities" for further investigations.

Commenting on the killings that took place in Wase towards the weekend, Mustapha said all was calm in the area.

"STF has despatched more men to the place to ensure that everybody is safe," he said.

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