Jan 26, 2010, 10:24 GMT
The paper cited a police spokesman in reporting the figure, with 139 of those arrested having been taken to the capital Abuja.
The number of those killed in the unrest was put at 362. Meanwhile some 40,000 people have fled Jos and surrounding towns, according to Nigeria‘s national crisis centre.
Police chief Ikehukwu Aduma condemned what he called ‘senseless violence’ committed in which religion was just used as an excuse.
Jos has repeatedly been the scene of such clashes in recent years, resulting in hundreds of deaths.
Human rights groups and the Nigerian lawyers’ association over the past few days have criticised the fact that not a single person involved in such past violence had ever been charged or sentenced.
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