*Recover several arms, ammunition
By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
As part of efforts to eradicate armed banditry and criminal elements from Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) Joint Operation Area, troops on Operation HAKORIN DAMISA IV have neutralised two armed robbers in Amere-Ududu of Tudun Wada village in Southern Kaduna.
They have also arrested 62 suspects in connection with armed banditry, gunrunning, kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes whilst recovering four locally fabricated rifles, two dane guns, 21 rounds of 7.62mm special, 13 rounds of 9mm, 11 cartridges, six AK 47 magazines, one pistol magazine, two cutlasses, one knife, four mobile phones, two vehicles as well as two trailers conveying vandalized railway slippers from the arrested suspects.
The troops have also recovered 43 rustled cattle and 17 sheep, while a total number of 426 cattle were arrested for grazing on farmlands belonging to locals across Operation Safe Haven Joint Operation Area, and were handed over to local authorities in the local government areas for settlement in liaison with the State Attorney General and Commissioner For Justice.
Furthermore, troops also rescued three kidnapped victims namely, Dr Bitrus Kim, Mr Ishaya Atang Yohanna and Malam Jibril Ibrahim who were among those earlier kidnapped in Barkin Ladi area of Plateau State.
Meanwhile, OPSH has continued to appreciate the good people of Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna states for the prompt dissemination of actionable information to enhance quick responses.