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Troops Arrest 34 Suspects For Murder, Kidnapping, Others

As part of Operation Hakorin Damisa IV, the troops of Operation Safe Haven have arrested a total of 34 individuals suspected of engaging in various criminal activities, such as murder, kidnapping, illicit arms trade, farm destruction, cattle rustling, theft, and illegal drug possession.

These arrests took place between October 22, and 29 2023, across Kaduna, Plateau, and Bauchi States.

Among the detainees were two individuals identified as Tanko Abubakar and Umar Mohammed, who were captured for their purported role in the homicide of Mrs. Ruth in Mai Jankai village, located within the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

This was made known via a statement released on the Nigerian Army’s X account on Tuesday.


The statement in part reads, “Within the week, a total of 34 suspects were arrested out of which were 7 suspected kidnappers, 4 suspected gunrunners, 3 in connection with attacks on villages, 3 cattle rustlers, and 2 suspects arrested for illicit drugs peddling.

“Also, 3 victims were rescued from kidnappers, 4 attacks on vulnerable communities were deterred and 36 distress calls were promptly responded to.

Major General AE Abubakar, the Commander of Operation SAFE HAVEN, conveyed his appreciation for the collaboration and support of the local communities in Plateau, Southern Kaduna, and Bauchi States in the current endeavors aimed at eradicating criminal elements from the region.

He further ensured that all detainees presently held will undergo prosecution in accordance with the law once the investigations are finalized.

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