An unconfirmed number of people were on Wednesday arrested by military forces and taken to the Maxwell Tohbe Cantonment, Rukuba Barrack, Jos in Central Nigeria's Plateau State, reports say.

Local sources say dozens of military personnel stormed the remote community at daybreak, arresting anyone in sight including women.

The soldiers forced their subjects to surrender and board a military truck wherein they were stripped naked and taken to detention, it was learnt.

Confirming the arrests, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 3 Armoured Division, Col. Kayode Ogunsanya said the army is on a mission to find missing Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) whose vehicle was discovered in a pond near the community after days of search by the army authorities.

"The general area of Dura - Du district in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State has been cordon off.

"The aim is to search for the missing Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) dead or alive," he said in a text message.

The arrest has created palpable fear in and around the community of a possible massacre as once witnessed in Zaki Biam, Benue State and other places.

The army authorities had however said last week that it was not considering any such actions.