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86 D’Salam Members Fleeing Military Offensive Arrested in Kogi

Troops of Operation Nut Cracker have intercepted 86 persons suspected to be Darul Salam family members along Kpareke-Koton-Karfe Road in Kogi State, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said.

DHQ disclosed that a preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspects fled Uttu forest general area due to ongoing military offensive.

At a media briefing on Thursday, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, added that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke deployed at Guma in Benue State, and Keana in Nasarawa State, on 6 September 2020, conducted a dawn raid at an identified armed bandits’ camp at Guma forest along the Benue-Nasarawa border.

The operation, according to Enenche, who is the Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), followed actionable intelligence reports on the location of the camp.

He said troops neutralized one bandit while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

“Troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, one locally made pistol and three mobile phones, while the camp was subsequently destroyed,” added Maj. Gen. Enenche.

The DMO Coordinator, equally stated that troops of Sector 1 deployed at Gagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, conducted a dawn raid on another suspected armed bandits’ hideout at Tse Agi in the general area.

According to him, the troops stormed the hideout and apprehended four suspects, while one AK-47 rifle, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, were also recovered at the location.

He said the hideout was subsequently destroyed.

Added Gen. Enenche: “In a similar vein, troops of Operation Safe Haven arrested 35 suspected criminals during raids on some identified criminal hideouts at West of Mines, Mid West, Charcoal Market and Busa Buji areas of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.”

He said the raids were conducted following intelligence reports of criminal activities in those areas.

Hear him: “Furthermore, on 5 September 2020, troops of Operation Safe Haven raided hideouts of suspected Sara Suka criminals at Yantifa, New Market, Terminus and Bauchi road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“Troops apprehended 20 Sara Suka suspects at the location, while two members of a syndicate specializing in the production of fake security agencies identity cards were also apprehended. Currently, all the arrested suspects are being profiled after which they will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action.”

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