Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) have apprehended 39 suspected criminals for various offences ranging from banditry to kidnapping, armed robbery, and illegal possession of firearms as well as recovery of arms and hard drugs in the Joint Operation Area of Operation Hakorin Damisa IV.


The OPSH Media Information Officer, Captain Oya James, in a statement today, said the operations were carried out in the last two weeks as the suspects were arrested at different locations within the Joint Operation Area of OPSH and Three Division Nigerian Army area of responsibility.

According to James, one of the suspects was a kidnapper who also deals in firearms and is a members of a militia gang identified to be among those involved in the Heipang village attack where about 13 persons were killed.

Two of the suspects had been on the wanted list for involvement in several armed robbery and kidnapping activities, members of a drug syndicate were rounded with a large cache of drugs seized from the drug peddlers among other things.

The statement also commended residents for early warning and distress calls that prompted an early response by OPSH, leading to the rescue of 17 kidnapped victims, foiling of cattle rustling, and repelling of attacks on vulnerable communities, especially in Mangu, Barkin Ladi, and Riyom local government areas.

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