The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said that troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN, in collaboration with personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS), have arrested three suspected gun runners Yahaya Aliyu, Maiwada Idris and Ishaq Mohammed at Kafanchan in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It added that the suspects were handed over to the intelligence agency – DSS for further investigation.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said this while updating Defence correspondent on military operations.
He noted that in the North Central zone, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have continued to intensify ongoing kinetic operations to decisively stamp out armed banditry and other criminalities.
He said that troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN, in collaboration with the DSS, arrested another suspected member of a notorious kidnap gang, who was identified as Suleiman Tanko.
He noted that the suspect was picked up at a clinic at Ungwan Carpenter village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State where he was receiving treatment for gunshot wounds sustained during a recent kidnap operation foiled by troops.
General Enenche said that Tanko’s arrest was followed by the arrest of another wanted kidnap kingpin, one Mallam Abdulmuminu Nuhu at Fobur village in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN apprehended 3 suspects, Messrs David Kure, Peter Adamu, and Bulus Duniya, in connection with the alleged murder of a Fulani herder at Matyeu village of Zonzon district in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“Two other suspects, Messrs Mathew Peter (the prime suspect) and Dakachi Yohanna Chawei were arrested in connection with the murder, on 4 January 2021,” he further disclosed.
The Coordinator added that all the suspects are presently undergoing preliminary investigation.
General Enenche in a statement today said that following actionable and credible intelligence, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE, successfully staged a daring rescue operation at Mararaba Udege general area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, rescuing 3 kidnapped persons and neutralizing one-armed bandit in the ensuing firefight.
He said that the kidnapped victims were subsequently reunited with their respective families.
He concluded that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will not relent until all enemies of the country are neutralised and normalcy is restored to all the troubled zones.


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