Three suspected members of a kidnapping syndicate who terrorized the people of Plateau State have been shot and killed by Operation Safe Haven troops.
They were shot around the community of Gyero in the Jos South local government area along with several items, including an AK-47 rifle, two AK-47 rifle magazines, 101 live rounds of 7.62mm and a tricycle ( Keke NAPEP) recovered from them.
Operation Safe Haven’s military information officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, confirmed the killing of the suspects in a statement on Friday.
The statement read: “Operation Safe Haven troops acting on credible intelligence broke in and thwarted a notorious Plateau kidnapping syndicate gang. The syndicate was on the Operation Safe Haven watch list and allegedly orchestrated the recent Plateau kidnappings.
“The Syndicate is also believed to have been involved in the Jos jail break on November 28, 2021. The Syndicate met their waterloo when Operation Safe Haven troops followed them to the general area of Gyero where they planned and carried out their nefarious activities.
“The kidnappers, seeing the troops, opened fire. Our troops responded with superior firepower, which resulted in the neutralization of three notorious kidnappers. Items recovered from the syndicate include an AK-47 rifle, two AK-47 rifle magazines, 101 real 7.62mm rounds and a tricycle (Keke NAPEP). Other items recovered include an Itel phone, a Techno phone, two sharp knives and two military head warmers.
The statement noted that while praising the resilience of the troops for another successful operation, the commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali, also warned kidnappers and perpetrators of harm to stay away from Plateau State, adding “he reaffirmed his determination to make the state unbearable for all criminals to operate”
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