Plateau gun­run­ning king­pin nabbed with RPG

Daily Trust - - CRIME -

From Lami Sadiq, Jos In the last few months, Oper­a­tion Safe Haven, the multi-se­cu­rity task force charged with main­tain­ing peace in Plateau and parts of Bauchi states has in­ten­si­fied its war on gun­run­ners and other arms deal­ers with the aim of rid­ding Plateau State of il­le­gally ac­quired arms.

Daily Trust re­ports that with rel­a­tive peace now en­joyed by most of Plateau State’s com­mu­ni­ties, the task force has said that it was in the con­sol­i­da­tion stage of its oper­a­tion which in­clude cor­don and search to en­sure that all il­le­gally ac­quired arms were re­cov­ered.

This year alone, OPSH has re­cov­ered hun­dreds of weapons, from the highly so­phis­ti­cated such as the mil­i­tary styled Rocket Pro­pelled Grenade (RPG) launcher to var­i­ous lo­cally made guns.

Be­tween May and June, OPSH ar­rested and pa­raded many gun­run­ners in­clud­ing one Robert Uche, Daniel Man­chafa, Rwang Bitrus and Davou Chuwang who on their part were planning to as­sem­ble six AK47 ri­fles to sell at the cost of N400,000.

But one of the great­est achieve­ments of the task force in the last few months was the ar­rest of a no­to­ri­ous gun­run­ning king­pin who had eluded se­cu­rity agents in the state for about three years.

Nan­bong Sambo Maidoki alias NSK who was ar­rested in a ho­tel in Lang­tang North on June 18, was found in pos­ses­sion of a mil­i­tary styled Rocket Pro­pelled Grenade (RPG) tube launcher, an RPG bomb and RPG bomb charger.

He was said to have evaded ar­rest by per­son­nel of the OPSH in Septem­ber 2013 when two AK 47 ri­fles were re­cov­ered in his aban­doned ve­hi­cle.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the sus­pect had neatly con­cealed the weapons un­der the back seat of his Toy­ota High­lander jeep with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber AJ174RSH.

Se­cu­rity agents also said he had thrown the keys of the jeep away when he no­ticed se­cu­rity men gain­ing on him, adding that af­ter a fu­tile ef­fort in get­ting the keys, men of the OPSH had to break into the car.

OPSH Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Ikedichi Iweha, told jour­nal­ists that the ar­rest of Nan­bong would im­prove the gen­eral se­cu­rity on the Plateau and re­duce the pro­lif­er­a­tion of light weapons and small arms, adding that “on the con­se­quence, it will re­duce the rate at which com­mu­ni­ties are razed down, women and chil­dren are killed and men are maimed. Imag­ine what these will do to any com­mu­nity that it is launched at.” Though the OPSH spokesper­son did not speak on whether the sus­pect would be handed over to the po­lice, our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered from sis­ter se­cu­rity agen­cies in the state that a no­to­ri­ous king­pin like Nan­bong would be handed over to the Depart­ment of Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (DSS) and beMaidoki

An RPG launcher con­cealed un­der the back seat of the sus­pect’s Toy­ota High­lander jeep.

The sus­pect, Nan­bong Sambo with the RPG launcher

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