The Operation SAFE HAVEN Troop of the Nigerian Army from October 9 to 16, witnessed the neutralization of bandits and armed robbers, the arrest of numerous suspects, the recovery of arms and ammunition, and the conviction of several criminals in Plateau, Southern Kaduna, and Bauchi State respectively.
In a statement released by the Nigerian Army via its X handle on Tuesday, the operation dubbed “HAKORIN DAMISA IV,” highlighted that throughout the operation, the troops thwarted attacks, they equally rescued kidnapped individuals and apprehended suspects involved in various criminal activities within the region.
On the neutralization of suspected bandits, the “troops neutralized a suspected bandit named Saidu AKA Director, who attempted to escape after being arrested in possession of 39 rounds of 7.62mm mespecial, some mobile phones, headset, and money.” the statement said.
Also, “the troops engaged bandits in a gun duel around Jimlari village, and rescued two kidnapped civilians, Musa Alhaji Bello and Dauda,” the report said.
On the arrest of some notorious kidnappers, the statement added that “acting on credible information, troops arrested a notorious kidnapper, Madu Abubakar,” linked to the recent kidnapping of a Union Bank Accountant.
Furthermore, the statement added that the “OPSH tactical team equally arrested 2 suspected kidnappers, Mamu Dauda and Mohammed Zakari, who have been on the wanted list of OPSH.”
However, in the prevention of attacks and recovery of stolen goods, the “troops foiled an attempted attack by suspected militias on Bisichi village.”
On the rescue of kidnapped victims, the “troops, in conjunction with personnel of the Nigeria Police and hunters, rescued 11 female farmers kidnapped while working on their farmlands at Riruwa village in Toro LGA.”
Nonetheless, in the crackdown on criminals, “Operation SAFE HAVEN secured the conviction of 5 suspects named Hamisu Gyang, Pam Ibrahim, Mafeng Gwott, Ibrahim Mohammed, and Abdullahi Abubakar, who were charged with criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms, theft, and culpable homicide.”
Nevertheless, on the arrest of drug peddlers and railway vandals, “two suspected drug peddlers, Joseph Isaac and Henry Pam, were arrested with substances suspected to be cannabis sativa and other illicit drugs,” the statement explained.
Also, “troops intercepted a truck loaded with railway materials suspected to have been vandalized and arrested 2 suspects who were occupants of the truck,” the statement added.
On the protection of communities, “seven attacks on vulnerable communities were deterred, and 15 distress calls were promptly responded to by OPSH troops,” the statement confirmed.
The Commander of OPSH, Major General AE Abubakar, expressed appreciation for the timely sharing of information by the communities, which has been instrumental in the operation’s success.
He emphasized the commitment of OPSH to maintain its efforts in tackling security threats in the region.
Abubakar highlighted that the operation will continue to target criminal elements and bring them to justice as investigations continue.