The Defence Headquarters says troops of operation Safe Heaven have destroyed kidnappers’ hideouts and rescued kidnapped victims in Plateau State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Enenche said that three andits were killed during the operation while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
According to him, all the suspects have been handed over to authorities for further investigation and prosecution.
The statement reads “In continuation of intensive clearance operations under Operation ACCORD aimed at curbing the activities of bandits and other criminals in the North West and North Central region, troops under Operation SAFE HAVEN have neutralized 3 kidnappers hideouts during a commando operation at Qua’an Pan LGA of Plateau state.
“The raid was conducted on 19 June 2020 sequel to actionable technical and human intelligence on the activities of a notorious kidnap kingpin at Pialat hotel Kwa in Qua’an Pan LGA of Plateau state.
“ Troops overwhelmed the suspects who opened fire on them, with superior firepower, neutralizing 3 bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Troops recovered one Barreta pistol, one single barrel gun, 2 fabricated pistols, 4 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 3 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 4 cartridges, one motorcycle and one techno phone.
“In a related development, still on 19 June 2020, troops in collaboration with local vigilante rescued a herder one Salisu Abdullahi who went missing while grazing around Bakin Rafi at Gidan Ado general area in Riyom LGA.
“The herder was duly evacuated to hospital for prompt medical attention.
“Furthermore, on same 19 June 2020, troops arrested a suspected kidnapper, one Alhaji Idris around Hawan-Kibo general area in Riyom LGA while 4 other suspected kidnappers were apprehended in connection with the kidnap of one Mr Abdullahi Abdullahi at Kwahas-Lahir area in Mangu LGA of Plateau state.
“All the suspects have been handed over to relevant civil authorities for further investigation and prosecution.”