Troops Neutralise Armed Robbers, Kidnappers in Northern Nigeria

Martha Obi, Abuja

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Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN have neutralized notorious bandit and kidnappers in Plateau and Kaduna States in Northern Nigeria.

In a statement, the Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko said that “the feats were achieved based on credible intelligence when troops conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State.”

According to him, suspects abandoned their motor cycle on sighting troops and fled.

Onyeuko noted that troop exploited area and recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others.

Similarly, on the same day, troops on fighting patrol sighted 2 x suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motor cycle.

Furthermore, based on intelligence, troops conducted a cordon search operation at Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant.

He said: “Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians; 2 females and a male. 

Additionally, same day troops arrested 10 armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan Town, Jema’a Local Government Area Kaduna State.

The Director noted that the arrested suspects include Messrs Manga Ismail 22 years, Idris Haruna (Ban Sambo) 20 years, Sani Bali 19 years, Shamsudeen Ladan 25 years, Abdulmajid Yau (Sele) 22 years, Abubakar Hassan 23 years, Abbas Aliyu 15 years, Mohammed Umar (Jazuli) 17 years, Jonathan Vincent (Bamai) 19 years and Stephen Joseph 25 years.

Items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattrasses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others.

He noted that they are presently undergoing interrogations.

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