The troops of Operation Safe Haven has nabbed a police officer and his accomplice while fleeing with 370 rounds of ammunition to an unknown destination in Plateau State.
Naija News understands that the serving police sergeant, Azi Jonathan, 30, and one Nengak Daniel, 60, met their Waterloo on Thursday after attempting to manoeuvre a military checkpoint.
It was reported that the suspects concealed the ammunition in a Toyota Pathfinder car with registration number Plateau LGT 772 JN with which they were caught.
The report revealed the suspect’s vehicle hit the barricade at the military checkpoint located at Werreng along Barkin Ladi-Jos road in Plateau while trying to escape, resulting in the death of one of them.
Confirming the development in a statement released on Thursday night, the Military Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect’s Sergeant Azi Jonathan, a 30-year old serving police traffic warden drove the vehicle and Mr Nengak Daniel, a 60-year-old were intercepted by the troops during stop and search operation at a checkpoint.
“The body of the deceased suspect has been handed over to the Police Divisional Headquarters at Barkin Ladi while the other suspect is undergoing interrogation.
“Other items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Pathfinder car, a cash sum of Two Hundred and Five Thousand, Seventy Naira (N205, 070.00) only, one empty case of ammunition, one Dagger, a torchlight and 3 Techno phones.
“Others are; national identity card, 3 wraps of a substance suspected to be cannabis and a bag containing clothing materials
“The surviving suspect is currently undergoing further interrogation for prosecution.”
Reacting to the event, Commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali, commended the troops for their vigilance.
He reiterated the determination of his command to flush out criminal elements on the Plateau and environs.
Ali urged law-abiding citizens to continue with their normal daily activities as troops are working round the clock to ensure a crime-free society.
The Commander according to the statement further enjoined members of the public not to relent in supporting security agencies with credible information to stem criminal activities in the state.