Thirteen kidnappers, bandits, cattle rustlers and other criminals have been arrested in Plateau, Kaduna and Bauchi states.
Spokesperson of the Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), maintaining peace in the three states, Capt. James Oya, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday in Jos, saying the troops also recovered 279 rustled cows as well as arms and ammunition.
Oya said the OPSH recorded the breakthrough in an operation it conducted between Oct.2 and October 9, adding that the suspects were arrested in some communities within its areas of responsibility.
‘’Between Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, our troops arrested 13 criminal suspects in connection with kidnapping, prison break, peddling illicit drugs and rustling.
‘’We also recovered illegal arms and ammunition.
‘’Troops recovered a total of 279 cows and six sheep over destruction of crops on farmlands across Bokkos, Mangu, Riyom and Zango Kataf Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Plateau and Kaduna states, ‘’he said.
The media officer said that within the period under review, it troops also foiled attempts by gunmen to attack Washina and Razak communities in Mangu and Barkin Ladi LGAs of Plateau
Oya appealed to the residents in the area to support its efforts toward stemming down crime and criminality, and urged them to be law abiding at all times.
He also assured the residents that OPSH would continue to be fair and just to all, insisting that its duty aimed at securing the lives and property of law-abiding citizens.