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Troops nab suspected abductors of Jos varsity students

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The Special Military Task Force in Plateau State says its operatives have arrested two notorious kidnappers and 89 other criminals in Plateau and the neighbouring Kaduna State.

The Media Officer of the task force, Captain Oya James, made the disclosure in a statement in Jos on Thursday.

James said the task force carried out various operations within the past week which yielded positive results.

He added that the troops equally secured the conviction of four suspects within the period under review and freed several kidnap victims as well as stolen cows.

He said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven on Operation Hakorin Damisa IV, during several operations launched from September 25 to October 4, 2023, have arrested 91 criminal suspects in connection with kidnapping of University of Jos students, attack on Takania village, farm destruction, armed robbery, drug peddling and cattle rustling, amongst others.

“The notorious kidnappers: Bashiru Musa and Idris Abdulrahman, who have been on the wanted list of OPSH, were arrested at Mista Ali village in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“The suspects, during interrogation, narrated that they were involved in the kidnapping of seven students of the University of Jos in July 2023. Items recovered from the suspects include one AK-47 rifle loaded with 12 rounds of 7.62mm special.

“The gallant troops acting on credible information also arrested Mr Goma Abubakar and Jibril Abass in connection with the attack on Takania village in the Zango Kataf LGA of Kaduna State, where six persons were murdered in cold blood.”

The commander also assured the general public that the arrested suspects would be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigations.??

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