Army rewards officers for rejecting N1.5m bribe in Plateau

The Military Special Task Force overseeing peace in Plateau State commended eight Operation Safe Haven personnel for rejecting a N1.5 million bribe from suspected cattle rustlers.

Capt. Oya James, the task force spokesperson, revealed in a statement on Tuesday that the personnel, stationed at OPSH Sector 4, intercepted 30 rustled cows at Bisichi checkpoint in Barkin Ladi local government area.

He noted that the cattle, belonging to Shehu Umar and rustled in Mangu, were being transported to an undisclosed location when the task force troops, conducting a stop-and-search operation, intercepted them.

The task force spokesman said, “The occupants of the vehicle, Anas Usman, 20 years old, and Gyang Cholly, 42 years old, immediately approached the troops in a bid to bribe them and secure a security pass for the stolen cattle. The monetary plea was rejected and the suspects were arrested as well as the money offered for the bribe.

“The commander, Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Abubakar, while presenting a cash reward to the distinguished personnel, urged other security personnel to continually exemplify good conduct and bravery in the discharge of their responsibilities.

“Represented by the Chief of Staff OPSH, Brig. Gen. M.O. Agi, the commander further charged them to emulate the excellent conduct of the eight personnel.”

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