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Troops nab retired policeman, another with hemp worth N9.5 million

The Operation Safe Haven also known as the Special Task Force (STF) has arrested 17 suspected kidnappers and five Armed robbers for attempted kidnapping and robbery in at Lishin village, in Pengana Chiefdom in Bassa and Lamingo in Jos North Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

Troops of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi States, have arrested two suspects with cannabis sativa worth N9.5 million.

The Media Officer of the Task Force, Major Ishaku Takwa, confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday.

Takwa in the statement in Jos added that the suspects: Patrick Kalu, 60, a retired Police Sergeant, and Friday Kalu, 40, were arrested along Manchok-Vom Road on Saturday.

He said: “This afternoon, our troops arrested two suspected drug dealers and recovered 320 blocks of Indian hemp worth N9.5 million concealed in a Toyota Camry car with registration number Abuja ABC 214 HV.

“The suspects Patrick Kalu, a retired police officer and Mr Friday Kalu were nabbed by the troops during a stop and search operation on Manchok-Vom road.

“They told our personnel that they were contracted to convey the illicit substance from Ondo state to Yola in Adamawa State.

“Other items recovered from the suspects included; a police identity card, two Nokia phones and two wallets, one containing N16,100 and the other N2,900,40.”

Takwa said the suspects and items recovered had been handed over to the Plateau State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for further investigation.

The Media Officer further said the Commander of Task Force, Major General Ibrahim Ali, had commended the troops for the arrest while assuring that the military would not rest on its oars until criminals and their collaborators were wiped off the state.

Takwa said Ali also urged law-abiding citizens to continue to support the security agencies with credible information on criminal activities for their prompt response.

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