Troops Neutralize Bandits, Rescue Kidnapped Victims, and Recover Arms and Ammunition

By Mohammed Bello Doka
Plateau State, Nigeria - In a daring operation on 26 July 2023, the troops of Operation HAKORIN DAMISA IV, stationed in the safe haven, successfully repelled an attack by suspected bandits. The troops showed exceptional professionalism, forcing the bandits to retreat in Rugan/Basiru village of Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area.

During the operation, the troops made some significant recoveries. They retrieved two AK-47 rifles, with Registration Numbers 07873 and B-32134, along with 15 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition. Additionally, three locally fabricated guns and a pair of military desert camouflage uniforms were seized. Ten suspects were apprehended and are currently undergoing profiling for further investigation.

The courage and determination of the troops were again showcased when they thwarted another attempted attack on Mangun and Patlong villages in Mangu Local Government Area. The troops swiftly neutralized a number of bandits, while others managed to escape with gunshot wounds.

In a separate incident on 25 July 2023, troops responded to gunfire from suspected bandits along the Janneret/Washina Changal and Gyambwas roads in Mangu LGA. Upon realizing the presence of the troops, the bandits fled, leaving behind three motorcycles and a locally fabricated gun.

The troops also came to the aid of the distressed residents of Rumfar Gwamna village in an extraordinary display of bravery. They successfully rescued five individuals who had been kidnapped, retrieved a Toyota Camry and Sharon cars, and delivered the victims back to safety.

Continuing their relentless efforts, troops embarked on operations at criminal hideouts in Unguwan Haruna, Kibam, and Dogon Daji forest. These operations resulted in the successful rescue of four additional kidnapped victims. Moreover, two suspected kidnappers were apprehended, bringing a sense of relief to the communities affected by their criminal activities.

In an earlier operation on 22 July 2023, troops responded to a distress call from Makabat village in Bokkos. The swift action led to the capture of two miscreants and the recovery of two locally fabricated rifles.

The commitment of Operation SAFE HAVEN extends beyond combatting banditry and includes the protection of local farmers' livelihoods. A Combat Team managed to recover 15 rustled cows in the Fan District of Barkin-Ladi LGA. Additionally, 37 cows were arrested for grazing on farmlands belonging to Shimlan and Barkin Ladi villagers, providing a much-needed respite to the affected communities.

In another significant breakthrough, troops successfully captured a notorious gunrunner responsible for trafficking arms and ammunition across the North West and North Central regions. This operation, carried out as a sting, resulted in the recovery of one AK-47 rifle and its magazine at Soi village, Gidan Akwati Gashish District.

Operation SAFE HAVEN is grateful for the support received from law-abiding citizens and urges them to continue providing credible and timely information to assist in the swift response to emerging security situations. The troops remain dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents within the area of operation.

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