Maj. Ishaku Takwa, the Media Officer of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has disclosed that the residents of Vom community in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau, prevented their troops from arresting a suspected gun runner and fabricator at the community in Jos Plateau State.
Maj. Takwa disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos said the residents came out in their numbers to prevent the troops from accessing the community where the suspect was hiding, adding that the residents barricaded the road and threw stones and other dangerous objects on the troops.
“Troops of OPSH, acting on credible intelligence, mobilised its personnel in the early hours of Saturday to effect the arrest of the suspected gun-runner and fabricator in Vom Community.
“Sadly, on sighting security personnel, members of the community came out en mass and barricaded the road leading to the community. They prevented the troops from gaining access to the community to carry out their lawful duty.
Maj. Takwa said all efforts to calm the crowd proved futile as they resorted to continue perpetrating what he described as unwarranted provocations, explaining that to prevent the situation from degenerating, the troops were ordered to immediately withdraw from the community.
The Media Officer insisted that, “No one should be in doubt that troops would certainly effect the arrest of any person or persons suspected to be involved in any unwholesome activity considered capable of truncating the peace and security of the state and the nation at large.
While condemning the action of some members of the community, he warned residents of the state against the consequences of obstructing security agencies to perform their lawful duty and harbouring criminal elements in their community.