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Three Suspected Kidnappers Killed In Plateau

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed three suspected kidnappers who have been terrorising residents in Plateau State.

The spokesman of Operation Safe Haven, Major Ishaku Takwa, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Jos, the state capital.

Takwa said the suspects were killed around the Gyero community in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

He disclosed that troops recovered several items such as one AK-47 rifle, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines, 101 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and one tricycle (Keke Napep) from the criminals.

Takwa revealed that the gunmen also participated in the Jos prison jailbreak on 28 November 2021.

The statement reads: “Troops of Operation Safe Haven, acting on credible intelligence, have burst and neutralised a notorious gang of a kidnap syndicate in Plateau.

“The syndicate has been on the watchlist of Operation Safe Haven and believed to have masterminded the recent kidnap incidences on the Plateau. The syndicate is also believed to have participated in the Jos prison jailbreak on 28 November 2021.

“The syndicate met its waterloo when troops of Operation Safe Haven tracked them to the Gyero general area where they planned and carry out their nefarious activities.

“The kidnappers on sighting the troops opened fire. Our troops responded with superior firepower resulting in the neutralisation of three notorious kidnappers.

“Items recovered from the syndicate includes one AK-47 rifle, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines, 101 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and one tricycle (Keke Napep).

“Other items recovered include one Itel phone, one Tecno phone, 2 sharp knives and 2 military head warmers.

“While commending the resilience of the troops for another successful operation, the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali, also warned kidnappers and perpetrators of evil to stay clear of Plateau State restating his determination to make the state unbearable for all criminals to operate.

“The Commander further urged law-abiding citizens to cooperate with security agencies and promptly report any suspicious movement in their area.”

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