The police have arrested three suspected members of a gunrunning syndicate in connection with the Christmas Eve attack on some communities in Plateau.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced this at a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
Adejobi said the arrest of the suspects followed a directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, to adopt tactical strategies to bring the perpetrators of the attack to book.
According to him, one ash-coloured Golf car, one AK-47 rifle, one AK-49 rifle, 1,000 rounds of live ammunition and five magazines were recovered from the suspects, stressing that the police were making efforts to arrest others involved in the attacks, adding that the public would be updated as events unfold in the attack.
The Force spokesman said that nine suspects were on December 13, 2023, arrested by police operatives over the attack and murder of three people in the Gaube area of Kuje Area Council of the FCT.
He said the suspects were arrested following a report that three persons, who were in transit from Keffi, Nassarawa State, to Niger/Kwara states, were attacked and killed by unknown persons, adding that following the report, operatives of the Special Tactical Squad swiftly swung into action and arrested nine suspects.
The police spokesman said six of the suspects were identified as members of the hunters and forest guard in Kuje.
Adejobi said the suspects, who had confessed to the commission of the crime, had abandoned their bodies in the Kabi forest and made away with their Bajaj motorcycle to an unknown location at Takuba village in Kuje.