Military troops nab 42yr old kidnapper, 2 vandals in Plateau

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…eliminate bandit, recover firearms,other items

By Victor Akaa, Abuja.

Director Defence Media Operations (DMO) Major General Benard Onyeuko, says troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and that of Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) have on 25 July, 2022 apprehended a 42 year old notorious kidnapper, who is also an Armed robber and a cattle rustler, one Mr Zwanlan Fatim at Shendam Local Government Area, Plateau State in a joint operation.

Major General Onyeuko, who disclosed this in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters on Wednesday,noted that in a bid to deny terrorists and other criminal elements access in the area, troops have continued to intensify its onslaughts against the criminals in the general area of responsibility.

According to the DMO Director, some of the items recovered from the kidnapper include; 1 locally made pistol, 5 cartridges, 1 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 2 mobile phones, 2 Union Bank ATM cards, 1 ID card, assorted charms amongst others.

Troops also on 26 July 2022, intercepted 2 rail vandals, Mr Abba Abdul, 23, and Mr Joseph ZI ,26, at Bas village, Heipang District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
They (vandals) were intercepted while conveying 86 railways UIC sleepers in a red Peugeot Boxer vehicle with registration No BAU 05 SX.

He said, troops of OPHD also at the early hours of Wednesday, responded to a distress call from Bayi village in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State about the activities of bandits.

“Troops trailed bandits to one Alhaji Bello Dan Iya’s residence and neutralized 1 bandit.

“Items recovered include; 1 AK47 rifle, 1 magazine, 4 rounds 7.632mm special, 1 MPs, 1 sachet of marijuana amongst others.”

Earlier, on 25 July 2022, troops engaged one suspected bandit on motorcycle while commuting bush path along Gidan Garba, Magami Local Government Area of Zamfara State and recovered 1 AK47 rifle and 2 pairs of woodland camouflage.

According to the statement, all recovered items are in own custody.

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