Troops arrest policeman with 370 rounds of ammunition in Plateau | Dailytrust

Troops arrest policeman with 370 rounds of ammunition in Plateau

The suspect, Sergeant Azi Jonathan
The suspect, Sergeant Azi Jonathan

Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a multi-security task force maintaining peace in Plateau and some parts of Bauchi and Kaduna States, on Thursday, intercepted a serving police officer and one other with 370 rounds of ammunition in Plateau.

The OPSH’s spokesperson, Major Ishaku Takwa, told journalists in Jos that the ammunition was concealed in a Toyota Pathfinder car with registration number Plateau LGT 772 JN.

He said the suspects were intercepted by military stations at the checkpoint located at Werreng, along Barkin Ladi – Jos road in Plateau.

He said one of the suspects, who attempted to manoeuvre the vehicle, hit the barricade at the checkpoint and eventually died.

Major Takwa said; “preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects, Sergeant Azi Jonathan, a 30-year-old serving police traffic warden and Mr Nengak Daniel, a 60-year-old, were intercepted by the troops during stop and search operation at the checkpoint.

“The body of the deceased suspect has been handed over to the Police Divisional Headquarters at Barkin Ladi while the other suspect is undergoing interrogation.

“Other items recovered from the suspects include; a Toyota Pathfinder car, a cash sum of N205, 070.00 only, one empty case of ammunition, one dagger, a torchlight and 3 Techno phones, national identity card, three wraps of a substance suspected to be cannabis and a bag containing clothing materials.

“The surviving suspect is currently undergoing further interrogation for prosecution,” he added.

While commending the troops for the vigilance, Commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali, 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 were working round the clock to ensure a crime-free society, enjoining members of the public not to relent in supporting security agencies with credible information to stem criminal activities in the state.

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