The Defence Headquarters, on Tuesday, said troops of Operation Safe Haven, in collaboration with Plateau State Police Command, killed bandits, armed robbers and kidnappers in Plateau and Kaduna States respectively.
It said the bandits and kidnappers were neutralised during sperate clearance operations conducted by troops to ensure a hitch free and peaceful Sallah celebration.
A statement by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, said troops recovered three Fabricated AK 47 Riffles, one Knife, one Cutting Hoe, one Cutter and one Spanner amongst others, during the operations.
The statement partly read, “troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in conjunction with Plateau State Police Command, arrested 2 x notorious kidnappers, Abdulrazaq Umar and Idris Abdullahi, at Beco Junction Heipang District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State. Suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnapping activities within Plateau and Bauchi States including the murder of Alhaji Saleh Abdulhamid (Shaba) at Ex Land Village on 22 Jun 22. Suspects further revealed one Mallam Buhari Umar as the leader of the gang. However, while enroute the criminals hideout, suspects attempted to escape and were neutralized.”
Onyeuko said in a similar development, troops arrested two notorious armed robbers in Kaduna State.
He said, “Similarly, on 9 July 2022, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN conducted a raid Operation at MAILAFIA, NISAMA, DOGON FILLI and GIDAN WAYA all in JEMA’A Local Government Area of Kaduna State and arrested two Armed Robbers; Mr George Yakubu and George Joseph aged 26 and 25 years respectively.”
He continued, “Also on the same day, troops responded to a distress call that gunmen attacked a Toyota Hummer Bus with Registration Number LFA 322 YR Nasarawa at DOGON FILLI village, JEMA’A Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Troops mobilized to the scene and rescued 9 x passengers who were held hostage.”
Source: Defence HQ.