Nigeria: Troops rescue kidnap victims and recover ammunition in Kaduna
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
4,444 soldiers of Operation Safe Haven said they neutralized bandits and recovered arms and ammunition in Plateau, Southern Kaduna and Bauchi states.
in a statement sent by the Nigerian Army on her account on Tuesday.
Operation “Hakorin Damisa IV” highlighted that throughout the operation, the military thwarted attacks, rescued kidnapped people and arrested suspects involved in various criminal activities.
In neutralizing the suspected bandits, the military took possession of 39 rounds of 7.62mm special charges, a cell phone, a headset, and other items in Money’s possession, after which he also attempted to flee. Neutralized a known bandit suspect named Saidu. He was arrested,” the statement said.
Additionally, the report said, “The military engaged in a gunfight with the bandits around Jimrali village and rescued two kidnapped civilians, Musa Alhaji Bello and Dauda.”
On the arrest of 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 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.
“Troops arrested a suspected gunrunner, Mohammed Kabiru, and recovered one pistol and 3 cartridges,” the statement reported.
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.”
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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 said.
Also, “troops intercepted a truck loaded with railway materials suspected to have been vandalised and arrested 2 suspects who were occupants of the truck,” the statement added.
Regarding the protection of communities, the statement confirmed that “seven attacks on vulnerable communities were averted and 15 emergency calls were immediately responded to by OPSH forces.”
The Commander of OPSH, Major General AE Abubakar, expressed his gratitude for the timely information sharing by the local community which contributed significantly to the success of the operation.
He underlined OPSH’s commitment to continuing its efforts to address regional security threats.
Mr. Abubakar stressed that the operation would continue to target criminal elements and bring them to justice as investigations progress.