By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Nigerian military said its troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN and WHIRL STROKE have arrested 12 robbery suspects in Plateau state.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja while giving update on the military operations in the country, Major General, John Enenche,
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, said on 13 November 2020, troops in conjunction with Nigeria Police personnel raided some suspected criminal hideouts in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State and arrested 9 suspects.
“The successful operation led to the arrest of 9 members of a robbery syndicate responsible for terrorizing the inhabitants of the Mangu- Panyam general area. This was followed by another raid on a suspected kidnappers/armed robbers’ hideout at Daron Gyel community in Jos South Local Government Area on 14 November 2020. Troops stormed the location and apprehended 3 suspects Titus Eliashe, Bahal Manjul and Choji Elisha.
“Additionally, on 16 November 2020, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE, conducted a dawn raid at a suspected militias hideout around Kwaghaondo village in Chachanji council ward of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State. The raid was conducted following actionable intelligence on the possible regrouping of some criminal elements in the general area.
“The successful dawn raid led to the arrest of one suspect identified as Barnabas Tortsea. He is currently undergoing preliminary investigation after which he will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action.
“Similarly, acting on credible intelligence report on the whereabout of criminal elements in parts of Tongov council ward of Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE conducted another dawn raid on the suspected criminals’ hideouts. Troops engaged the criminals with superior firepower, forcing them to flee into the surrounding bushes with fatal injuries.”