Police Kill Kidnapper, Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects, Recover Arm, Ammunitions …As STF Capture Cattle Rustlers, Boko Haram Fighter in Jos
By Ralph Madugu
The Plateau State Police Command is not resting on its oars in its resolve to fight crime and criminality in the state.
He enjoined citizens to remain vigilant, security conscious and ensure the sustain the synergy between the police and other security agencies through volunteering credible information that would lead to a crime free state.
He stated that, in line with the command’s commitment to fight crime and criminality to a standstill, the police had taken the fight to the door step of criminals which, according to him, had yielded results.
The CP enumerated these successes recorded recently: “On 11/02/2020 at about 0700 hrs, one Rev. Ganko Istifanus ‘m’ of COCIN RCC Shimankar village Shendam LGA of Plateau State reported at the Shendam Divisional Police Headquarters that on the same date at about 053hrs, unknown gunmen entered his residence and kidnapped his son one Godsave Damen and two others namely, Henry Zwansat Sati and Auwalu Longtoe of the same address to an unknown destination. On receipt of the information, a combined team of police men, vigilante and hunters were immediately mobilized to the scene and engage the hoodlums in a gun duel. In the process, one of the kidnappers was shot dead while others took to their heels. Exhibit recovered from the suspects include, one AK47 riffle and 21 empty heels of live ammunitions. Investigation is in progress.”
He added that, on February 2, the operatives of the Operation Puff Adder and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command intensified surveillance after receiving information relating to incessant attack along Barkin-Ladi-Mangu road and arrested one Isaiah Lawrence.
“While acting on information eagle-eyed Operatives of Operation Puff Adder and Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) of the Command intensified surveillance and arrested one Isaiah Lawrence ‘m’ aged 44 years of Gyel, Bukuru in Jos on 03/02/2020. Exhibits recovered from the suspect includes, one English Barreta Pistol with six (6) rounds of.9mm live ammunition and bunch of Master Keys,” he disclosed.
The CP said that on February 10, while acting on a tip off, policemen attached to Nasarawa Gwong Division arrested one Sunday Alfa of Congo and one Uzaifa Adam of Angwan Keke who were suspected members of a motorcycle snatching syndicate terrorizing Jos and environs.
The CP stated that exhibits recovered from the suspects included, one locally made revolver pistol, a knife, one tricycle with registration number BKK813WM and one motorcycle.
He reassured citizens that the command had made adequate arrangements that to guarantee the security of their lives and property.
Meanwhile, the Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau State has attributed the successes in its joint operation area to the stringent measures it adopted.
Commander of the Special Task Force, Major General Augustine Agundu, disclosed this at the STF headquarters in Jos while briefing journalists on security development within the joint operation area. He however, regretted that the near-perfect peace that was being experienced was disrupted following the incidents that occurred in Mangu and Bokkos LGAs which led to the loss of lives and property.
General Agundu stated that preliminary investigation revealed that both killings were acts of criminality that degenerated into loss of lives and property caused by the activities of a few individuals for whom lawlessness was a way of life.
“Unfortunately, some leaders of thoughts have fallen into the trap laid by these criminals through their unguarded statements that reflect divisive tendencies,” he lamented.
He revealed that the cause of the crises on the Plateau have been eliminated, adding that the current impediment to sustained peace in the state was the activities of armed bandits and the menace caused by suspected cultists.
The STF Commander assured that the Task Force had taken decisive steps to eradicate all threats to peace in Plateau State especially the menace of cultism and armed banditry.
He also disclosed that the surveillance team of the STF, acting on a tip-off arrested one Ya’u Mohammed, a notorious armed robbery kingpin at Toro village in Bauchi State.
According to him, the suspect was the leader of an armed robbery syndicate that attacked STF troops at Kwanan-Fulani in Riyom LGA of Plateau State which led to the death of an STF personnel in September last year.
Said he: “Similarly, own troops in conjunction with Special Forces acting on credible intelligence apprehended Mr. Ishaku Pam, a suspected kingpin that specializes on cattle rustling within Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State. Further exploitation of his residence at Kapwen village, Foron District led to the recovery of an AK-47 Rifle, 181 x Rounds of 7.62 mm Special, 5 x Rounds of 7.62 mm Blank ammunition, 2 X AK-47 Rifle magazine, a Nigerian Police Force Fragmented Jacket, 1 x locally fabricated Revolver Gun, 2 x Single Barrel Gun, 1 x Hand Held Rocket Parachute Flare, 1 x Spear, 5 x Cartridge ammunition, 1 x Handset and the sum of Five Thousand Five Hundred Naira only.”
General Agundu further disclosed that troops of the STF apprehended three suspected thieves, including Isah Abdullahi, Usman Abdulkareem and Hassan Shuaibu at Nkon village of Kerang District, Mangu LGA.
“In another development, own troops while on routine patrol apprehended a suspected fleeing Boko Haram terrorist member, Mr Umar Musa Tello who was seen loitering around Zawuran village in Bassa LGA of Plateau State. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect fled from Damagum village in Yobe State due to the ongoing crack down by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole,” he stated.