In a significant breakthrough, the Special Military Task Force known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has apprehended 13 individuals suspected of various criminal activities, including kidnapping, banditry, rustling, and illicit drug peddling.
Captain James Oya, the Media Officer for OPSH, disclosed these developments in a statement released on Tuesday in Jos. According to Oya, the suspects were apprehended in communities located within the jurisdiction of OPSH.
“Between October 2 and October 9, our dedicated troops successfully arrested 13 criminal suspects involved in a range of offenses, such as kidnapping, prison break, peddling illicit drugs, and livestock rustling. Additionally, we were able to seize illegal arms and ammunition,” Captain Oya stated.
In a bid to curb crime and protect farmlands from crop destruction, the troops recovered a total of 279 cows and six sheep across Bokkos, Mangu, Riyom, and Zango Kataf Local Government Areas (LGAs) in both Plateau and Kaduna states.
During the same time frame, the vigilant OPSH personnel thwarted armed gunmen’s attempts to launch attacks on the Washina and Razak communities in Mangu and Barkin Ladi LGAs, ensuring the safety of residents in those areas.
Captain Oya used this opportunity to call upon the local populace to collaborate with OPSH in its ongoing efforts to combat criminal activities. He emphasized the importance of maintaining law-abiding behavior and assured residents that OPSH is committed to impartially safeguarding the lives and property of all law-abiding citizens.
The apprehension of these suspects and the recovery of illegal arms and livestock reflect the continued dedication of Operation Safe Haven to enhancing security and reducing criminality in Plateau, Kaduna, and Bauchi states.
As the joint operation persists in its mission, residents can expect increased efforts to protect their communities and promote peace in the region.