The Troop of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) on Operations Hakorin Damisa has apprehended 39 individuals suspected of various criminal activities including banditry, kidnapping, and armed robbery. The OPSH also seized an assortment of arms, ammunition, and illicit drugs from the suspects.
According to a statement delivered by OPSH Media Information Officer, Captain Oya James, the arrests were carried out at several locations within the Joint Operation Area of Operation Safe Haven and the 3 Division Nigerian Army Area. Significantly, among the arrested, two suspects were previously listed as wanted, linked to a series of armed robberies and kidnappings.
A range of items were recovered from these individuals, including an AK 47 rifle, a pump-action magnum gun, an AK 47 magazine, 14 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and an Itel mobile phone.
The statement also detailed another arrest of a suspected kidnapper and arms dealer in Kuba village, within the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The OPSH reported the arrest of two members of a militia gang, suspected of recent attacks in the Heipang general region, and the recovery of two AK-47 rifles, seven fabricated rifles, and four pump-action cartridges. Seven individuals were arrested on charges of drug peddling within the sting operation organized in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, where a large haul of drugs was seized.
It added that the troops have detained 307 cows found grazing on local farmlands in the Mangu and Bokkos LGAs. Furthermore, the OPSH responded to a total of 37 distress calls, leading to rescue attempts which saved 17 kidnapped victims and counteracted cattle rustling and attacks on vulnerable communities, specifically in Mangu, Barkin Ladi, and Riyom councils.