Plateau Attacks: Army Arrests Over 70 Suspects

 

Nigerian army troops of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven have arrested at least 72 suspects in connection to the recent violence in Plateau State.

The suspects were paraded at the headquarters of the Operation Safe Haven in the state capital on Thursday by the commander of the task force, Major General Augustine Agundu.

He explained that the suspects were arrested for various offences at different parts of the city where there’s been violence.


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According to Agundu, some of them were caught with locally fabricated firearms and other dangerous weapons.

He said, “We arrested a total of 72 youths who have been profiled according to their level of culpability and those that were not found to be entirely involved have been released and we present to you some other youths, a total of 30 who were arrested for various offences and they’ve all confessed to having taken part”.

Security Operatives Nab Crime Suspects In Plateau

Operation Safe Haven Nabs Crime Suspects In PlateauThe special task force maintaining law and order in Plateau State and parts of Bauchi, Operation Safe Haven, has arrested 11 suspects allegedly terrorising residents in Jos metropolis and its environs.

The Commander of the task force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, paraded the suspects at the task force headquarters in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

He said at least seven of them were killed with over 50 weapons and firearms recovered during the operation that led to their arrest.

The remaining suspects were paraded along with different types locally made rifles and pistols, communication gadgets, as well as various uniforms belonging to the military and other paramilitary outfits.

One of the suspects who is a tricycle rider claimed that his life was in danger and sought for help from a friend who gave him a locally made pistol.

Major General Nicholas urged the people to cooperate with the task force by providing useful information on the activities of criminals in the state.

Security Operatives Intercept Baby Factory Syndicate In Plateau

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Major General Rogers Nicholas

Security operatives of the special task force, Operation Safe Haven, maintaining peace and security in Plateau and part of Bauchi state, have intercepted a baby factory syndicate.

Commander of the task force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, said the group which specialises in producing babies for onward sales to other states of the federation was intercepted after intelligence report by the troop.

According to him, the group comprised of eight men and three women operating in Jos, north central region of Nigeria.

Giving details of their operation, one of the suspects said the group has a network spread across the country and they usually entice unsuspecting young ladies with mouth-watering offers and in other cases drug them with substances that lead to forced labour.

As investigations continue into the activities of the syndicate, it is important for security outfits to extend its network across the states especially places where the babies are being sold, so as to apprehend those involved in the heinous crime.

Child Trafficking: Rescued Children Return Home

Child Trafficking: Security Rescue 145 Minors In JosThe 145 children rescued by security agents in Jos, north-central region of Nigeria, have been taken back to Bauchi State for onward reunion with their families through the state government.

Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rufina Gurumyen, told Channels Television that the children were returned to Bauchi State, as directed by the magistrate handling the matter after they had spent over a week in the custody of the Plateau State Police Command.

On January 12, security operatives with the special task force, Operation Safe Haven impounded two trucks conveying 145 children all male and under 10 years old.

The minors were thereafter transferred to the Plateau State Police Command for custody while the drivers of the vehicles, including the assistants and the instructors accompanying the children were charged for various offences.

In compliance with the Magistrate Court’s directives, the accused are to be remanded in prison while investigations on the matter continue.

The court also ordered the return of the children to where they were picked to reunite with their families.

The Plateau State government thereafter, provided buses that conveyed the children to Bauchi State where they were handed over to the state government for onward deliverance to their families.

The security operatives and the governments of Plateau and Bauchi States in collaboration with Jama’atu Nasir Islam facilitated the arrangements for the reconciliation of the children and their families, with a view to curbing future occurrence.

Child Trafficking: Security Operatives Rescue Minors In Jos

Child Trafficking: Security Rescue 145 Minors In JosSome children believed to be victims of human trafficking have been rescued by security operatives in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The rescue was made after two trucks conveying the minors were intercepted by the security agents at a check point.

The children – all male and within the age range of four to eight years – were rescued by members of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven.

The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Mr Mathias Tyopev, told Channels Television that they were being transported from other states to states within the north central region, with Plateau as a major route.

“On Thursday January 12, 2017 the special task force, Sector Two, located opposite University of Jos, intercepted two trucks conveying 135 children from Bauchi and Jigawa states to Plateau, Kaduna and Nassarawa states.

“Our investigations further reveals that these children who are all male were to be taken to places where the three mallams, who were coordinating the movement, have not even visited,” he said.

Channels Television’s correspondent discovered that the children were being transported in a truck ordinarily meant to carry farm produce such as grains, animals and other goods across the states.

It was converted to convey the minors under harsh and unfavourable weather conditions in which the children were stacked alongside grains without any comfort for such long distance journey.

Since their rescue, the children have been in the custody of the Nigeria Police at their headquarters in Jos, while investigation into the matter continues.

They were seen with the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr Peter Ogunyanwo, who was supervising the distribution of food and other welfare materials to them.

The suspects, comprising two drivers, eight conductors and three accompanying instructors are still in the custody of the Police and they have been providing information about how they came about the children and their destination.

The Police say it would soon embark on the process of establishing contact with the state governments of Jigawa and Bauchi for the return of the children to their parents.

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Announces Arrest Of Masterminds

Kaduna Govt. Places Ban On Unlawful AssemblyThe Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced the arrest of the alleged masterminds of the attacks in the southern part of Kaduna state.

Mr Nasir revealed this when he visited the state Commissioner of Police.

He said his administration would ensure that all those involved in the attacks in the region are prosecuted in accordance with the law.

The Nigerian military on the other hand, embarked on a cross-border patrol of Plateau and Kaduna states to prevent any spillover of recent attacks in the regoin.

 A joint security operative with the special task force, Operation Safe Haven, is doing this in collaboration with 1 Division command of the Army to also build confidence among the affected communities that peace has returned to.

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute Loyalty

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute LoyaltyDedication, hardwork, transparency and loyalty have been identified as virtues that newly promoted military officers should continually imbibe as they take responsibilities in their assignments.

Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Rogers Nicholas, representing the Chief of Army Staff, made this remarks on Monday as 12 newly promoted senior officers of the Nigerian Army, 3 Division Headquarters and a Naval officer from Operations Safe Haven were decorated in their new ranks as senior military officers.

The ceremony was witnessed by senior military officers, traditional rulers, family members as well as spouses of the newly promoted senior officers at the headquarters of 3 Division of Nigerian Army, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment in Jos, north-central region of Nigeria.

Major-General Nicholas observed that the military expects more responsibility from the newly promoted officers with a charge to be alive to challenges of the new office.

He urged the officers to live up to expectations especially at this period that the nation is facing some security challenges.

Eight senior military officers with the rank of colonel were promoted to brigadier general while a navy captain with Operation Safe Haven was elevated to the rank of navy commodore.

The ceremony also witnessed three lieutenant colonels moving to the rank of full colonel and joining the red neck cadre of the military. Son of former head of state, President Olusegun Obasanjo was also part of the newly promoted officers.

Counter Terrorism: CDS Says Terrorist Camp Is Weakened

counter terrorism, Olonisakin, ArmyThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, says the cooperation of neighbouring countries on the fringe of the Lake Chad Basin where the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in conjunction with the military waging war against the Boko Haram insurgents has weakened the base of the insurgents.

General Olonisakin said this while addressing journalists after assessing activities of the special task force, Operation Safe Haven in Jos, Plateau State.

He observed that the cooperation and synergy of the joint force has degraded the terrorists to the extent that they cannot carry out any strong offensive any more.

The recent attacks in the northeast where pockets of suicide bombings have been occurring is proof that the operational base of the terrorists has been weakened and dislodged, according to Olonisakin.

The Chief of Defence Staff urged troops to live up to expectation of keeping and maintaining the law and order which is the primary objective of the operations while it lasts.

The visit of the Chief of Defence Staff to the troops was another opportunity to give them assurances that their welfare and other logistics would receive more attention.

He expressed hope that the morale of the troops had been boosted for better performance.

Plateau Security: Military Equip Taskforce With Monitoring Motor Bikes

Nigerian-troops-A special taskforce maintaining law and order in Plateau State and parts of Bauchi State, ‘Operation Safe Haven’, have been equipped with motorcycles to boost their effectiveness.

They troops’ fight against insurgents, gather intelligence and check other crimes in their areas of operation.

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Commander of the taskforce, Major General Rogers Nicholas

At a ceremony held at one of the operational bases to hand over the motorcycles to the troops, commander of the taskforce, Major General Rogers Nicholas, warned troops against indiscriminate use of the motorcycles.

He stressed that it must be used for official purpose, reminding them that it was procured to enhance their access to difficult terrain that are not accessible by vehicles and to make their assignment easier.

The different operational bases of Operation Safe Haven got motorcycles for troops also referred to as Motorcycles Battalion.

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Motorcycle battalions

Part of the ceremony was the parading of some suspects for several offences ranging from armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and drug peddling among others.

Major General Nicholas said that the troops were already on continuous clearance operation to get rid of all the criminals.

“These are the people that are used by bigger time criminals to commit more havoc. We are trying to make sure that wherever we have information about criminals, concerning arms and ammunition, we will go after them,” he told reporters.

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Criminals paraded by the Operation Safe Haven

With the introduction of the Motorcycle Battalion in fighting crime, troops are now equipped to have easy entrance to places that are difficult to access in carrying out their operations and gathering relevant intelligence on criminal elements within the society.

Plateau Security: Agencies Warn Against Arms Proliferation

Arms Proliferation In PlateauSecurity operatives have expressed worry over the rising proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

Commander of the Task Force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made the declaration while parading some crime suspects at the Operation’s Headquarters in Jos, Plateau State capital.

He noted that the proliferation of weapons was a threat to the peace of the state which they have been working hard to restore.

Major General Nicholas disclosed that the 13 suspects were on parade for various offences ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, armed robbery and car snatching as well as buying and selling of hard drugs among others.

He said six members of an armed robbery gang were apprehended in Langtang, southern part of the state while a syndicate that specialises in the business of hard drugs were also arrested by officers of the task force during their routine operations.

However, the special task force in the state, code-named “Operation Safe Haven”, says it has put strategies in place to mop up such weapons.

The Commander expressed delight that the inter-agency collaboration between the Task Force and other security agencies has been yielding positive results in the fight against crime and urged the public to give relevant information.

He advocated for a review of the criminal justice administration which he said has been an impediment in dispensing justice as it concerns various arrests made by the task force.

Operation ‘Safe Haven’ To Ensure Safety During Sallah Celebrations

 Operation Safe Haven, Safety, Sallah Celebrations Ahead of the 2016 Sallah celebrations, the special task force, ‘Operation Safe Haven’ has put some security measures on ground, in parts of Plateau and Bauchi in order to ensure a hitch-free holiday.

Owing to the fact that there would be an increase in human and vehicular movement, the special task force organised a meeting with officials of the National Union Of Road Transport Workers, market association, as well as community leaders, to inform them of various measures put in place for a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir.

The Special Task Force also ordered that there should be a thorough search of all vehicles and passengers entering and leaving the state.

Addressing transport and market union officials at the task force headquarters in Jos, Major General Rogers Nicholas, stated that no one should be spared in the search operations, in order to ensure that arms, ammunition or any improvised explosive devices are not smuggled into the state.

The Commander of the Special Task Force said security should not be left in the hands of security agents alone and everyone should be involved in the security operations especially at this period.

The Commander advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the stop and search operations as well as report any strange movement or strangers to the appropriate authority.

Special Task Force Beef Up Security In Jos Over Rumoured Attack

Nigerian ArmyThe special task force, ‘Operation Safe Haven’ in Plateau State has strengthened its security, following intelligence reports on an impending attack as well as rumours of assassination of some politicians.

Addressing pressmen at the task force headquarters in Jos, Commander of the task force, Major General Rogers Nicholas announced some decisions which included, the ban on tricycles within the Jos/ Bukuru metropolis from dusk to dawn and decongestion of the market areas to avoid crowding.

Other measures in addressing security challenges in the state included the visit of the task force to the local government areas and various communities to broker peace between herdsmen and the natives.

With the proactive steps being taken by the task force to avoid any major security breach in the state, citizens are also called on to compliment security operatives’ efforts, by providing adequate information on strange movements of people within their localities and report same to concerned authority.