Troops of Operation Safe Haven, OPSH have neutralised no fewer than seven bandits and arrested 33 suspects in connection with kidnapping, murder, arms dealing, criminal attacks, railway vandalism, cattle rustling and farm destruction.
The Nigerian Army Headquarters, in a post on its official X handle on Tuesday, said the troops also recovered several dangerous weapons.
The post revealed that on November 13, troops acting on a tip-off arrested one Mr Suleiman Mohammed for allegedly possessing one AK 47 rifle and a mobile phone in the Bakin Kogi area, Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.
The same day, the troops arrested five suspects in connection with an attack on one Mr Sati Pewat on his farm at Tileng Paat village in Mangu LGA of Plateau State.
Similarly, on November 14, troops “conducted a raid operation at Tileng Paat village in the Pushit district of Mangu LGA, Plateau State and arrested one Umurana Adamu in possession of an AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 9 rounds of 7.62mm special. Similarly, on 14 November 2023, troops acting on credible information arrested a suspected arms dealer, Mr Rufai Abdullahi at Kamuru area in Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.
“On 14 November 2023, troops, while on fighting patrol, made contact with bandits at Kachallah high-ground and engaged them with superior firepower, resulting in the neutralisation of 6 bandits while others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Troops further exploited the area and recovered one AK 47 rifle, 2 magazines, 52 rounds of 7.62mm special, one motorcycle, 2 Tecno phones, 2 packs of cigarettes, 56 rounds of 7.62mm Special and 112 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.
“In another development, On 14 November 2023, troops neutralised a suspected bandit, Musa Wada, during a search operation at Kondo village.
“Additionally, on 14 November 2023, troops responded to information on a planned attack by suspected militias on Tileng Paat village in Mangu LGA of Plateau State. Troops’ timely response averted the attack and the area was subsequently dominated by patrol.
“In the same vein, on 14 November 2023, troops conducted raid operations to kidnappers’ hideout at Biji Biji village in Hawul and arrested one suspected kidnapper, Dahiru Ibrahim. Items recovered from the suspect included one AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 3 rounds of 7.62mm special”, the post stated.
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