Over 300 suspected looters and arsonists have been dragged to court by Plateau State government to face trial for alleged looting, criminal trespass and inciting public disturbance, among other charges.

Before they were taken to court on Wednesday, the  suspects had been held in military and police detention after they were arrested in different parts of Jos and the Bukuru metropolis between Saturday and Sunday.

They were however moved to the Bassa Local Government Area on Wednesday for arraignment.

The suspected hoodlums were arraigned one after the other at Jebbu Bassa Area Court before several judges including Justices N S Dashe, Adar Roseline Baraje, and L B Longs as well as Lawal Sulaiman, among others.

The prosecutors from the state Ministry of Justice told the court that the accused persons committed the offences against the state and should be prosecuted according to the law.

The defence counsels, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy for the accused persons, particularly as they were first offenders.

The defence counsels also pleaded for short sentencing with an option of fine after their clients pleaded guilty to the offences.

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