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Troops Detain 91 in Plateau, Kaduna; Rescue Kidnapped UniJos Students

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe

Troops from ‘Operation Safe Haven’ (OpSH) engaged in ‘Operation Hakorin Damisa IV’ have detained 91 individuals in relation to various crimes across Plateau and Kaduna states. These offenses encompass the kidnapping of seven students from the University of Jos (UniJos), assaults on Takania village, farmland vandalism, armed robbery, narcotics distribution, and cattle theft.

Between September 25 and October 4, 2023, the operations carried out by OpSH showcased significant achievements in their ongoing mission to maintain safety and order in the region. In just a ten-day span, their efforts led to the apprehension of seven individuals believed to be involved in kidnapping activities, six others who were allegedly part of armed robbery rings, and a duo suspected of cattle rustling. 

Beyond these arrests, the troops also successfully conducted rescue missions, saving four individuals who had been kidnapped. Their presence and proactive measures served as a deterrent, preventing five potential attacks on vulnerable communities. Furthermore, their vigilant and timely actions thwarted two separate kidnapping attempts, reinforcing their commitment to ensuring the security of the region’s inhabitants.

Captain James Oya, Media Information Officer for OpSH, relayed that notorious kidnappers Bashiru Musa and Idris Abdulrahman, who were on OpSH’s wanted list, were apprehended in Mista Ali village within Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Interrogation revealed their involvement in the July 2023 abduction of seven UniJos students. Recovered items included an AK 47 rifle with 12 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

Additionally, based on reliable intelligence, troops arrested Goma Abubakar and Jibril Abass in connection with a brutal assault on Takania village in Zango Kataf LGA of Kaduna State, resulting in six casualties.

In Barkin Ladi LGA, Nasiru Ahmed and Isah Mamuda, alleged armed robbers and kidnappers, were detained at Kok village. In the same region, Manu Sale, Amir Shaba, and an alleged robbery gang leader, Shaibu Abubakar, were apprehended. 

Furthermore, troops apprehended two alleged kidnappers, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Yakubu (nicknamed Yellow), at the Amper checkpoint in Kanam LGA of Plateau State as they attempted to collect a ransom. Seized items included a cutlass, knife, two mobile phones, and local amulets.

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