As Operation Safe Haven continue to work assiduously to achieve its mandate of restoring peace and security across its Joint Operation Areas of Plateau State, parts of Bauchi State and Southern Kaduna State in line with the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff to sustain tempo and momentum to curb the menace of criminals activities within the country, the Special Taskforce has arrested 17 Suspected kidnappers and 6 other criminal elements who are into armed robbery as well as in possession of dangerous weapons.
The kidnappers were arrested in Jingre Bassa LGA, Plateau State.
The Commander Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Dominic Onyemulu said the renewed vigor with which the troops of the outfit have been conducting their operations is yielding positive result.
The Outfit said the stringent measures adopted have incrementally led to curtailing and containing various criminal vices that has the tendency of derailing the achievement actualized so far.
Maj. Gen. Onyemulu lauded the cooperation and support from all security agencies, the citizens of Plateau State and Operation Safe Haven Joint Operation Area towards achieving lasting peace.
Maj. General gave hints of some breakthroughs recorded since he assumed office as Commander Operation Safe Haven.
He said his troops in conjunction with the personnel of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on routine Patrol along Lafia-Shendam Road in Shendam LGA intercepted Mr. Wisdon Amos Dunyel who was caught with a Harrisburg Pistol with 7 Rounds of 9mm ammunition.
He said troops of Operation Safe Haven again in collaboration with Vigilante Members and locals on 16th March, 2021 after receiving a distress call were able to foil an attempted kidnap of Alh. Gambo Yaauro from his residence at Lishin Village Jingre Bassa LGA, Plateau State which led to the arrest of 17 persons in connection to the foiled kidnap.
Of those arrested 11 are from Kaduna State, 4 are from Bauchi State, 1 from Kano State and 1 from Plateau State.
Items recovered from the suspects are 7 Motorcycles, a Fabricated Rifle, 2 Live Cartridges, 13 Cutlasses, 3 Daggers, 15 cellphones and assorted Charms.
Those arrested were Mallam Yunusa Sale, Mallam Ibrahim Usman, Mallam Abdullahi Ya’u, Mallam Yakubu Buba, Mr. Azikwe Ishaya, Mallam Mohammadu Bello, Mallam Inusa Abubakar, Mallam Idi Audu, Alhaji Jeji, Mallam Muhammadu Ishaku, Mallam Rabiu Abdulkadir, Mallam Kabiru Adamu, Mallam Amadu Yunusa, Mallam Alhassan Ibrahim, Mallam Umar Bello, Mallam Alhassan Mato and Mallam Bawa Idi.
Troops of the Outfit on 22nd March, 2021 arrested 4 members of a syndicate along Haske-Lamingo Road Jos North LGA after a distress call.
Those arrested were Stephen Fehintola, Michael David, Benjamin Babalola and Ibrahim Umar who had robbed a woman and thrown her out of a moving tricycle. Items recovered were a tricycle, a matchet, a knife, 2 mobile phones and some substances suspected to be cannabis sativa.
Troops of Operation Safe Haven also raided hideout of suspected Sara Suka members in Rikkos Jos North LGA which led to the arrest of Mr. Mohammed Mustapha with a fabricated rifle.
The Outfit reassured the citizens of its determination and commitment towards protecting lives and property of all law-abiding citizens across the Joint Operation Area.
He reiterated the mandate of the outfit which is geared towards the restoration of permanent peace as they continue to operate professionally with other security agencies in a joint environment to eliminate all acts of criminality or acts inimical to the general well-being of law-abiding citizens.
Maj. Gen. Onyemulu said those arrested have been investigated and found guilty as prima facie cases have been established against them and they would be charged to court.
He urged the public to disclose any information that could be inimical to peace and security of lives and property to Operation Safe Haven response numbers 08021212139, 08149000091, 08090498333 & 08074633336.