Troops Arrest Suspected Kidnappers of UNIJOS Students, 89 Others

The troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OpSH) while conducting Operation HAKORIN DAMISA IV have arrested two 91 criminal suspects including two notorious kidnap suspects responsible for kidnapping seven students of the University of Jos in Plateau State.

Captain James Oya, the Media Information Officer, OpSH, said the suspects were arrested in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, drug peddling, village attack, farm destruction, and cattle rustling amongst others, noting that arrests were made between September 25, and October 4.

He added that the troops recovered arms and ammunition in some communities in Plateau State as well as the Southern part of neighbouring Kaduna State.

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“Troops of Operation Safe Haven, OpSH on Operation Hakorin Damisa IV during several operations launched from 25 September to 4 October 2023 have arrested 91 criminal suspects in connection with kidnapping of University of Jos students, attack on Takania village, farm destruction, armed robbery, drug peddling and cattle rustling amongst others.

Oya explained that the two notorious kidnappers identified as Bashiru Musa and Idris Abdulrahman have been on the ‘wanted list’ of OPSH and confessed to being responsible for the kidnapping of seven students of the University of Jos in July 2023.

Items recovered from the suspects include one AK 47 rifle loaded with 12 rounds of 7.62mm special and 2 Bajaj Boxers motorcycles.

He added “Similarly, troops arrested two suspected kidnappers Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Yakubu a.k.a Yellow at Amper checkpoint in Kanam LGA of Plateau State while trying to collect kidnap ransom. Items recovered from the suspects include 1 cutlass, knife, 2 mobile phones and local charms.”

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“While on mobile operations, troops at Bokkos LGA arrested two suspected cattle rustlers Abdullahi Ibrahim and Muhammadu Ori at Gwandu village in Bokkos LGA. The troops also foiled a cattle rustling incident at Maiyanga village in Bassa LGA, rescued 145 cows, and handed them over to the owners. During the operation, troops recovered 3 rifles, 12 rounds of 7.62mm special, 9 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 3 axes.

Oya said four victims were rescued from kidnappers.


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