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  • Updated: June 24, 2024

Army troops burst gunrunners in Kaduna, Plateau, recover arms, ammunition

Army troops burst gunrunners in Kaduna, Plateau, recover arm

Troops of the Nigerian Army, coded 'Operation Safe Haven', OPSH, have bursted notorious gunrunners, bandits, and arms couriers in Kaduna and Plateau States.

The intelligence-driven operations led to the recovery of arms and ammunition from the suspects.

Major Samson Nantip Zhakom, the Media Information Officer of the OPSH disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

According to Zhakom, the troops conducted a clearance operation to flush out armed militias and other criminals in the Pandam forest of Quan'anpan Local Government Area of Plateau State on June 21, 2024.

He said during the operation, the troops recovered 3 AK-47 rifles, 5 AK-47 magazines and 75 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.

He explained that in the same day, the troops in collabo6with sister-security agency tracked and arrested a notorious gunrunner along Riyom-Abuja Road in Riyom LGA of the state.

He added that the suspect was arrested on his way to supply 35 AK-47 magazines to another gunrunner who, unknown to the first gunrunner, had earlier been tracked and arrested in Kano State on 20 June 2024.  

The statement partly reads: "Further information obtained from the arrested suspect led to the immediate arrest of the major arms supplier at Manchok in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna, while making efforts to receive the 35 AK-47 magazines from the first gunrunner for onward delivery to bandits in Zamfara State.

"Troops proceeded for search operation in the home of the major gunrunner and recovered the 35 AK-47 magazines, 60 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special), 3 Bajaj motorcycles, 3 mobile phones and items suspected to be local charms.

"The general public is appreciated for furnishing security agencies with credible information leading to the massive recovery. The populace is further urged to continue to cooperate with security agencies in ensuring a crime-free environment."

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