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Soldiers nab bandits, gunrunners in Plateau, Kaduna

Troops of Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State have raided a forest occupied by bandits in Qaapan Local Government Area and arrested some bandits together with arms couriers

It was learnt that throughout the operation which lasted for one week, the troops additionally recovered a number of weapons from the forest and the neighbouring Kaduna State.

The Spokesman for Operation Safe Haven, Samson Zhakom confirmed the event in an announcement on Monday.

Zhakom mentioned, “Troops of 3 Division/Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) have arrested notorious gun runners, bandits, arms couriers and recovered arms as well as ammunition in several intelligence-driven operations carried out in Plateau and Kaduna States within the last one week.

“On 21 June 2024, troops conducted an operation to flush out armed militias and other criminals in suspected bandit’s hideout at Pandam forest in Qua’anpan Local Government Area of Plateau State. During the operation, troops recovered 3 AK-47 rifles, 5 AK-47 magazines and 75 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition”

According to the assertion, two gunrunners have been additionally arrested by the troops after they have been tracked down alongside Abuja Riyom street and Manchok in Kaduna state.

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Narrating how the unnamed gunners have been apprehended whereas attempting to provide weapons to bandits Zhakom mentioned, “In a mixed operation with a sister safety company on 21 June 2024, troops tracked and arrested a infamous gunrunner alongside Riyom-Abuja Road in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“The suspect was arrested whereas on his method to provide 35 AK-47 magazines to a different gunrunner who, unknown to the primary gunrunner, had earlier been tracked and arrested in Kano State on 20 June 2024. Further data obtained from the arrested suspect led to the fast arrest of the most important arms provider at Manchok in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna whereas making efforts to obtain the 35 AK-47 magazines from the primary gunrunner for onward supply to bandits in Zamfara State.

“Troops proceeded for a 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”

He, nonetheless, applauded most of the people for furnishing safety businesses with credible data resulting in the large restoration of the weapons

He urged the individuals to proceed to cooperate with safety businesses to make sure a crime-free surroundings.

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