Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) on Operation HAKORIN DAMISA IV have arrested 15 suspects in connection with kidnapping, murder, arms dealing, criminal attacks, cattle rustling, drug peddling, farm destruction, recovered arms, ammunitions, illicit drugs in Plateau and Kaduna states.
Media officer of OPSH, Captain James Oya, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, said one Alhaji Yakubu Shanon, was arrested in connection with the killing of a mobile police personnel in Plateau State.
Oya said all the suspects were arrested from 6 to 13 November 2023, adding that troops also rescued two kidnapped victims and foiled four attacks on vulnerable communities.
“On 6 November 2023, troops arrested Jerome Bulus Alamba and Denis Yohanna at Fang village in Riyom LGA of Plateau, in connection with the murder of one Abdulkarim Saidu on 24 October 2023,” the statement read.
“In a similar incident, on 7 November 2023, troops of Sector 5 OPSH arrested one Alhaji Yakubu Shanono in Bokkos community, Bokkos LGA of Plateau State in connection with the killing of a Mobile Police personnel attached to OPSH. On the same day, troops apprehended 75 cows for farm destruction at Kassa village in Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State.
“On 8 November 2023, troops in conjunction with NDLEA Pankshin Command conducted raid operations to the hideout of illicit drug peddlers at Bargar village in Kanam LGA of Plateau State. The troops arrested 4 suspects and handed them over to NDLEA for further action.
“Additionally, on 9 November 2023, troops of Operation HAKORIN DAMISA IV arrested 2 criminals, Haruna Yusuf and Zubairu Jibril while trying to bypass troops’ checkpoint at Chanso village in Mangu LGA of Plateau State. The criminals were arrested in possession of one rifle.
“On 10 November 2023, troops acting on credible information arrested a suspected kidnapper, Mr Sani Suleiman at Mista Ali village in Jos North LGA.
On the same day, troops deployed at Zangon Kataf arrested a suspected kidnapper, Mr Anu Usman at Kamaru village in Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.
“Similarly, troops recovered 144 cows rustled by unidentified gunmen during a gun duel with the miscreants at Sat village in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State.
“On 11 November 2023, troops of Sector 6 OPSH rescued 2 kidnapped victims, Micheal James and John D at Angwan Buka village in Riyom LGA of Plateau State. The rescued victims were kidnapped while on transit along Hawan Kibo road in Riyom LGA, and have since been reunited with their families.
“On 12 November 2023, combined troops of OPSH and Department of State Services (DSS) arrested a notorious arms dealer, Bala Inusa also known as Maigero in Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State. The suspect who has been on the wanted list of security agencies was arrested with one AK- 47 rifle, one Ak-47 magazine, one pistol, 417 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one Toyota Starlet vehicle with plate number Adamawa – MUB – 779JB, and one Dual SIM Tecno phone. Furthermore, another gunrunner was arrested during a sting operations on 12 November 2023 at Danmakasuwa Mariri axis of Southern Kaduna with one AK-47 rifle.
Similarly, on 12 November 2023 troops of OPSH Special Force while responding to a distress call at Dakanung village in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State arrested one miscreant Bala Yerima and items recovered includes: one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 magazine,6 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a red coloured Boxer motocycle.
” In a related development, based on intelligence gathering, troops captured one Davou Barry of Gyel District at Kara Market of Bukuru Area of Jos South LGA with 54 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition one round of 7.62mm NATO ammunition while trying to make an exchange.
“Within the week, Operation SAFE HAVEN secured the conviction of 2 suspects, Zubairu Usman and Saminu Haruna, who were charged with criminal conspiracy and theft. The suspects pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 2 years imprisonment each with an option of fine.
“A total of 15 suspects were arrested in connection with various crimes. Two were arrested for kidnapping, one for dealing in arms, 2 for murder, 4 for peddling illicit drugs and 4 for farm destruction.
“Two suspects were also convicted for criminal acts. Additionally, 2 kidnapped victims were rescued, 4 attacks on vulnerable communities were deterred and 7 distress calls were promptly responded to.
“The Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General AE Abubakar reiterates the commitment of OPSH to the protection of law-abiding citizens in Plateau, Southern Kaduna and Bauchi States by all legitimate means.
“He commended the populace for their continued support to troops and assured them that all arrested suspects in custody would be charged to court accordingly once investigations have been duly concluded.”