The troops of the Nigerian military attached to Operation Safe Haven have arrested two suspects including a serving policeman, Sergeant Azi Jonathan, with 370 rounds of ammunition in the Barkin Ladi, Jos area of Plateau State.
The military said in a release that while Jonathan was arrested, the second suspect, 60-year-old Nengak Daniel, was killed when the suspects tried to escape in their Toyota car but hit the military barricade.
The Military Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, said, “Troops intercepted two suspects with 370 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition was concealed in a Toyota Pathfinder car with registration number Plateau LGT772JN.
“Luck ran out of the suspect when the driver of the car attempted to maneuvre the military checkpoint located at Werreng along road Barkin Ladi-Jos 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.
“The body of the deceased suspect has been handed over to the Police Divisional Headquarters at Barkin Ladi while the other suspect is undergoing further interrogation.
“Other items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Pathfinder car, a cash sum of N205,070, one empty case of ammunition, one dagger, a torchlight and three Techno phones. Others are; the National identity card, three wraps of a substance suspected to be cannabis and a bag containing clothing materials.
“The Commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali, while commending the troops for their vigilance 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 further enjoined members of the public not to relent in supporting security agencies with credible information to stem criminal activities in the state.”