The multi-security taskforce maintaining peace in Plateau State, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), yesterday, paraded 11 suspects for cattle rustling, possession of fire arms as well as drug peddling.
The suspect are Timothy Dung, Joel Sunday, James Elisha, Solomon Monday, Chollom Kim John, Jonathan Gwon, Nehemiah Gwom Tsok, Isa Abubakar, Chinedu Egbebuike and Yusuf Sule.
The Special Task Force Commander, Major General Augustine Agundu, said Gwom and Tsok were found in possession of locally made AK47 rifle loaded with 13 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and a Beretta pistol loaded with eight rounds of 9mm ammunition.
Agundu explained that the suspects were en route Mararaban Foron junction in Barkin Ladi at the time of their arrest and were suspected to have participated in the January 2 attacks on Nding and Jong villages in the area.
He said troops also apprehended Elisha, at Rakwok village in Barkin Ladi in possession of an AK47 rifle loaded with one round of 7.62mm ammunition.
“The suspect, believed to be a cattle rustler, accidentally shot himself on his left foot while attempting to flee on sighting our troops. Preliminary investigations revealed that Elisha and his gang members have been operating within Barkin Ladi and its environs,” he said.
The commander also paraded Abubakar, a corps member serving at Ancha community school in Isukwaito Local Government Area of Abia State who was found in a commercial vehicle en-route Jos with 477 sachets of illicit drugs suspected to be Flunitrazepzm.
He said “preliminary investigation led to the arrest of another drug peddler at Saint Murumba in Jos with 146 sachets of the same drug,” adding that opinions sampled in the course of investigation revealed that the drugs were well sought after by youth gangs due to its propensity to aid perpetration of crimes.
Agundu also stated that the OPSH special operations team yesterday apprehended one Yusuf Sule who claimed to be a lawyer and member of the Peace Corps with a Beretta pistol and 95 rounds of 9mm ammunition at his residence in Dagwom Du Rayfield.
He said all suspects would be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agencies and reiterated the taskforce’s determination to rid the society of all criminally minded individuals whose only preoccupation is to cause anarchy and mayhem.
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