The remains of Ardo Adamu Idris Gabdo, the missing Fulani leader and Ardo Panyam, have been recovered by troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) for burial, according to a statement released by the Nigerian Army.
Gabdo had reportedly gone missing on September 24 after leaving Bauchi State to visit relatives and friends in Panyam, Mangu Local Government Area, Plateau State. The operations leading to the recovery of Gabdo’s remains were conducted in the early hours of October 5 around Boi on the Pankshin – Bauchi Road in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, also in Bauchi State.
According to the statement, the recovery followed a special forces tracking operations conducted based on credible intelligence from well meaning locals.
“The body has since been handed over to the family for proper burial.
“This breakthrough was made possible through the continued community engagements employed by OPSH.
“This remained key to the search operations, as troops worked closely with community leaders and critical stakeholders as well as family members of Ardo Adamu Gabdo to gather vital information and coordinate the search efforts.
“The steadfast collaboration between the leadership of Operation SAFE HAVEN and communities also demonstrates the commitment and determination of both parties to ensure justice is served on the perpetrators.
“Consequently, the recovery of Ardo Adamu Idris Gabdo’s remains marks a significant step forward in unravelling the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.
“The investigation will now proceed with renewed vigor to identify and apprehend those responsible for this heinous crime and quickly bring them to justice as directed by the Chief of Army Staff.
“OPSH will continue to work tirelessly and stop at nothing to bring the perpetrators of all evil acts to justice and ensure security of lives and property on the Plateau especially and the entire Joint Operations Area,” the statement read in part.
Major General AE Abubakar, the General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, commended the special operation and expressed his deep condolences to Gabdo’s family and loved ones.
He urged the public to stay vigilant, cooperate with security agencies, and provide any information that may assist the ongoing investigations. He reassured that justice will prevail as they continue their ceaseless efforts to ensure the safety of lives and property in the Joint Operations Area.