Troops kill armed robbery suspect in Plateau, recover arms

attached to the Special Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) shot dead an armed robbery suspect at Kutaya street in Jengre, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.

The were stationed for maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi and were responding to distress when it engaged some bandits in a gun duel.

Maj.-Gen Dominic Onyemelu, the Commander of the force disclosed the killing, which occurred on Wednesday , to newsmen on Thursday in .

Onyemelu said that two other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds.

He explained that one AK-47, a fabricated riffle, an automatic pistol, 16 of 9mm rounds ammunition and a cell phone, were recovered from the scene.

“Yesterday, at about 11:45p.m.   on patrol received a distress of armed robbery incident at Kutaya street, Jengre area of Bassa.

“The troops swiftly mobilised to the scene, where a shop owner, one Mr Reuben, robbed of his personal belongings.

“In the process, one of the armed robbers neutralised, his two colleagues escaped with gunshot injuries.

“Items recovered include one AK 47, a fabricated riffle, an Automatic Pistol, 16 of 9mm rounds ammunition and a cell phone,” he said.

The commander said that the dead body of the armed robber deposited at the morgue of Plateau State Hospital.

He said that his gallant troops would intensify the search for the other members of the gang who are still at large.

Onyemelu, who assumed duty on March 11, as the 13th Commander of the operation, assured residents of the state of its determination to ensuring that lasting peace was achieved across its joint operational areas.

He, however, called on members of the public to support and cooperate with the force to succeed. (NAN)