Soldiers Recover Weapons As Fleeing Suspect Dies At Checkpoint

According to a report by The PUNCH, two suspects including a 30-year-old serving police sergeant, Azi Jonathan, were on Thursday apprehended by troops of Operation Safe Haven for allegedly conveying 370 rounds of ammunitions to an unknown destination in Plateau State.

The ammunition was said to have been concealed in a Toyota Pathfinder car with registration number Plateau LGT 772 JN before they were caught

It was gathered that luck,however, ran out of the suspects when the driver of the car attempted to maneuvre the military checkpoint located at Werreng along Barkin Ladi-Jos road in Plateau state.

A statement by the Military Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, on Thursday night said that while the suspects were trying to escape, their car hit the barricade at the checkpoint which resulted in the death of one of the suspects.

Takwa said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects Sergeant Azi Jonathan, a 30-year old serving police traffic warden drove the vehicle and Mr Nengak Daniel, a 60 year old were intercepted by the troops during stop and search operation at a checkpoint. The body of the deceased suspect have 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 Two Hundred and Five Thousand, Seventy Naira (N205, 070.00) only, one empty case of ammunition, one Dagger, a torchlight and 3 Techno phones. Others are; national identity card, 3 wraps of a substance suspected to be cannabis and a bag containing clothing materials

“The surviving suspect is currently undergoing further interrogation for prosecution.

“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”,the statement added

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