By Augustine Ehikioya
Towards securing Jos, Plateau State and its environs, the troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) on Thursday intercepted 2 suspects with 370 rounds of ammunition.
A press statement by Military Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), said that the ammunition was concealed in a Toyota Pathfinder car with registration number, Plateau LGT 772 JN.
One of the suspects, who was the driver of the vehicle, according to the statement, is a 30-year old serving Police Traffic Warden.
It said “Luck ran out of the suspect when the driver of the car attempted to maneuvre the military check point located at Werreng along Barkin Ladi – Jos Road in Plateau State. Unfortunately for the suspects, their car hit the barricade at the check point which resulted in the death of one of the suspects.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects, Sergeant Azi Jonathan, a 30-year old serving Police Traffic Warden drove the vehicle and Mr Nengak Daniel, a 60 year old were intercepted by the troops during stop and search operation at a checkpoint.
“The body of the deceased suspect have been handed over to the Police Divisional Headquarters at Barkin Ladi while the other suspect is undergoing further interrogation.”
The statement disclosed that other items recovered from the suspects included “a Toyota Pathfinder car, a cash sum of Two Hundred and Five Thousand, Seventy Naira (N205, 070.00) only, one empty case of ammunition, one Dagger, a torchlight and 3 Techno phones.
“Others are national identity card, 3 wraps of a substance suspected to be cannabis and a bag containing clothing materials,” it stated.
Commending the troops for their vigilance, the Commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali, has reiterated the determination of his Command to flush out criminal elements on the Plateau and environs.
He urged law abiding citizens to continue with their normal daily activities “as troops are working round the clock to ensure crime free society.”
The Commander also enjoined members of the public not to relent in supporting security agencies with credible information to stem criminal activities in the State.