Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) yesterday in Jos, Plateau State, paraded 15 suspects for various offenses including alleged killing of soldiers of the Special Forces Team in 2018 and 2019.
The multi-security task force headed by Major General Augustine Agundu is in charge of maintaining peace in Plateau State and parts of Southern Bauchi and Kaduna states.
While parading the suspects at the task force headquarters in Jos, Agundu said five of them were connected to the September 6, 2018 killing of three members of the Special Forces Team in Nding-Sesut village of Barkin Ladi LGA.
He said preliminary investigations also revealed that the suspects were responsible for the killing of two soldiers in Fan District also in Barkin Ladi LGA and Kwanan Fulani in Riyom LGA on September 28, 2019.
Agundu said the suspects were arrested in Bet village of Barkin Ladi and gave their names as Muhammed Abubakar, Habib Abubakar, Haruna Dandash, Abdullahi Abubakar and Saidu Abdullahi adding that the suspects had confessed to taking part in the killings.
“The deductions of the investigations made startling revelations that these armed bandits have a regional connection with other bandits across the North Central region of the country,” Agundu added.
The commander also paraded members of a criminal gang network including Martins Obioha, Henry Okezie and Eloka Uzokwe saying that the suspects were arrested along Rukuba road while trying to dispossess one Mary Ezekiel of her money in their tricycle.
Daily Trust reports that the Special Forces team as deployed to Plateau State on June 25, 2018 by the Defence Headquarters to boost the capabilities of Operation Safe Haven after last year’s attack on Gashish district of Barkin Ladi which claimed many lives.