Military Recovers Remains Of Missing Fulani Leader In Bauchi

GOC Abdulsalam Abubakar commended the special operation and extended his condolences to the family and loved ones of the late community leader. 

Troops carry the remains of slain Fulani leader Ardo Gabdo. (Photo: Nigerian Army)


Troops of Operation Safe Haven have recovered the remains of missing Fulani leader Ardo Gabdo in the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State with the body handed over to his family for proper burial, according to Islam rites.

Addressing journalists at the headquarters of Operation Safe Haven on Thursday, the Media Information Officer, Captain Oya James, stated that special forces tracking operations relying on credible intelligence gathering carried out the search in the early hours of Wednesday.

James added that the operation led to the discovery and recovery of Gabdo’s remains in Boi Village along Pankshin-Bauchi Road, several kilometres from Panyam, Plateau State, where he was last seen.

“This breakthrough was made possible through the continued community engagements employed by Operation Safe Haven,” he said.

“This remained key to the search operations, as troops worked closely with community leaders and critical stakeholders as well as the family members of Ardo Adamu Gabdo to gather vital information and coordinate the search efforts.”

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The military spokesman added that the steadfast collaboration between the leadership of Operation Safe Haven and the communities also demonstrates the commitment and determination of both parties to ensure justice is served on the perpetrators.

“Consequently, the recovery of Ardo Adamu Idris Gabdo’s remains marks a significant step forward in unravelling the circumstances surrounding his disappearance investigation will now proceed with renewed vigour to identify and apprehend those responsible for the heinous crime and quickly bring them to justice as directed by the chief of army staff,” he said.

“OPSH will continue to work tirelessly and stop at nothing to bring the perpetrators of all evil acts to justice and ensure security of lives and property on the plateau especially and the entire joint operations area.”

The General Officer Commanding Three Division, Nigerian Army, and Commander, OPSH, Major General Abdulsalam Abubakar, commended the special operation and extended his condolences to the family and loved ones of the late community leader. 

He urged the members of the public to remain vigilant and cooperate with security agencies, while providing any relevant information that may assist in the ongoing investigations. 

Gabdo reportedly went missing on Sunday, September 24, when he left Bauchi State on a visit to his siblings and friends residing in Panyam of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.