Plateau killings: Military recovers weapons in special operations

Agency Report

The Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven maintaining peace in Plateau State and environs has recovered 130 illegal weapons during onslaught against hoodlums in the state.

The Commander of Operation, Maj. Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, disclosed this while handing over the recovered weapons to the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons on Monday in Jos.

Abubakar said the military remained committed to stemming the tide of insecurity in Plateau, adding that both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches were being used.

“Our troops have remained resolute in checkmating all forms of crime and violence; troops have equally maintained an offensive posture, conducting several kinetic operations, leading to a huge recovery of illegal weapons.

“On the whole, the operational success recorded by troops of OPSH led to the recovery of 130 small arms and light weapons from criminal elements.

“Out of the number, we have 29 Dane guns, 53 fabricated revolver rifles, 14 AK-47 rifles, one English pistol, 21 locally-fabricated pistols, one G3 rifle and eight locally-fabricated AK-47 rifles.

“Others are, nine Harris burg pistols, two locally-fabricated SMG, 28 AK-47 and three locally-fabricated magazines, one RPG7 tube, four RPG7 rockets with chargers, 1,522 rounds of ammunitions, and 500 rounds of 9mm ammunition, among others,” he said.

Abubakar, who thanked residents of the state for their support and cooperation in achieving the feat, promised that troops would continue to be fair to all.

“We will sustain the tempo to decisively curtail the activities of criminal elements in our joint area of operation. We will remain professional, decisive and responsive in the discharge of our constitutional mandate,” he added.

Receiving the illegal weapons, the North-Central Coordinator, NCCSALW, Maj. Gen. Hamza Bature, commended the efforts of the military, saying, “This is the second time OPSH is handing over recovered illegal weapons to us and we commend them for this effort.

“If one weapon is recovered from an unauthorised person, it means several lives have been saved. So, we call on the public to support the military and other security agencies through information sharing and intelligence gathering to end all forms of insecurity in our nation.”

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