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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Six bandits arrested, rustled cows, weapons recovered by Taskforce

Six bandits arrested, rustled cows, weapons recovered by Tas

Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, has apprehended six suspected bandits and seized weapons along with 47 rustled cows in Manguna, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Maj.-Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, the commander of OPSH and also the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos, disclosed these achievements during an Eid-el-Kabir luncheon for troops on Monday in Jos. 

He attributed the success to the intensified operations conducted by personnel of the task force.

”As part of our resolve to completely eradicate banditry and criminal elements and ensure a successful farming season and security of lives and property, our intensified operations continue to yield results.

“This has led to the recovery of different calibres of arms and ammunition in different parts of Plateau.

”Specifically on June 10, the OPSH Tactical Team raided a suspected criminal hideout at Manguna village in the Bokkos local government area and during the operation, troops recovered one G3 rifle, two revolver rifles and one magazine with rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.

”We also recovered a quiver with 20 arrows and 47 herds of cattle, while a total of six bandits and cattle rustlers were captured with the rifles and ammunition,” he said.

The commander further stated that his troops also raided the Pandam forest in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of the state and recovered various weapons and ammunition.

“Similarly, on June 12, troops, acting on credible intelligence, conducted clearance operations at suspected bandits’ hideouts at Pandam Forest in Qua’an.

”During the operation, troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, two AK-47 magazines and 13 rounds of 7.62mm special.

”Troops are currently sustaining operations in the area to intercept and neutralise the fleeing terrorists,” he added.

Abubakar said that the troops also arrested 29 suspected members of a cult group known as Sara-suka with fabricated rifles, pistols and other assorted dangerous weapons recovered in Jos.

The commander, who thanked the personnel for their efforts, assured residents of the state of the operation’s readiness to secure their lives and property. 

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