Crime suspects

By Polycarp Auta

The Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), in Plateau has arrested 27 suspected cult members operating in various communities in Jos North.

Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, the Commander of the task force, said this while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Jos.

Okonkwo said that the arrest followed raids by troops from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20 in communities in the area.

He said that the suspects -21 males and six females, were arrested in Apata, Jenta Adamu and Jenta Miango communities in the area.

Okonkwo said that the arrest was in continuation of the task force’s effort to rid the state of crimes and criminality.

The commander assured that the task force will not rest on its oars until petty crimes, killings and other forms crimes were curtailed in the state.

“This exercise is in continuation of our determination to end all forms of insecurity in Jos and Plateau in general.

“The suspects are largely responsible for the crimes and breaking down of law and order in their communities.

“They kill innocent people on daily basis; they are a very dangerous set of human beings.

“Yes, we have redeployed our troops into the hinterlands, but we shall continue to raid communities in the city centre until these crimes are stopped,” he said.

He further said that the arrest was to prevent crime during the hosting of the National Festival for Art and Culture (NAFEST) in the state.

Okonkwo said that the task force would continue to clamp down on all criminal elements to ensure a peaceful yuletide in the state.

He urged residents to cooperate and support the task force in its bid to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.

He said the suspects would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

“During the raid, we also arrested some drug barons but immediately handed them over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action,” Okonkwo said.