Troops of Operation Safe Haven, Special Task Force with the responsibility of maintaining peace in Plateau, Kaduna and Bauchi states have neutralised six kidnapers in Mangu Local Government of Plateau State.
Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Major Ishaku Gaji Takwa, in a press statement on Tuesday said three officers of the Nigerian Police Intelligence Response Team lost their lives in the process.
He said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) successfully neutralised a syndicate of six criminals that specialised in kidnapping innocent people in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“The troops also recovered weapons belonging to the Nigerian Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) from the bandits.
“The Troops in a joint operations with the Divisional Police Headquarters at Mangu responded swiftly to a distress call from the IRT that bandits had attacked the team and took away their weapons.
“The criminals were immediately trailed and neutralised after a gun duel with the troops.
R”emains of the IRT members who lost their lives and that of the six criminal gangs were recovered.
“The troops also recovered three AK-47 rifles belonging to IRT team earlier taken away by the criminals.
The statement added that the Commander Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali while commending the troops for their swift response also charged them to continue the collaborative efforts and sustain the tempo until criminal elements are wiped out of plateau state.
He further directed the troops to dominate all suspected criminal hideouts and deny them freedom of action.