Richard Ginika Izuora
A serving Police Officer has been Arrested by troops of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).
The Police Sergeant was in possession of 370 rounds of ammunition when he was Arrested in Plateau State.
Maj. Ishaku Takwa, OPSH Media Officer who disclosed this in a statement in Jos, said the suspect was arrested on Thursday afternoon at a checkpoint in Werreng community; Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.
Takwa, explained that the officer who was in a vehicle with a 60-year-old man, had attempted to escape.
“Our troops this afternoon intercepted a police sergeant and one other suspect with 370 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition was concealed in a Toyota Pathfinder jeep with registration number LGT 772 JN.
“Luck ran out of the suspects when the driver attempted to maneuvre the military check point located at Werreng along Barkin Ladi-Jos road. Unfortunately, their car hit the barricade at the check point which resulted in the death of one of them.”
Preliminary investigation revealed that the man who drove the vehicle “is serving with the Police Traffic Department”.
Additionally, Takwa revealed that the remains of the deceased accomplice had been handed over to the authorities.
“The body of the deceased had been handed over to the Police; while the other suspect is currently undergoing interrogation,” he said.
Takwa said that other items recovered from the suspects included a Toyota Pathfinder vehicle; the sum of N205, 000; an empty case of ammunition, one Dagger, a torchlight and three Tecno phones.
Also, a National Identity card; three wraps of substance suspected to be cannabis and a bag containing clothing materials, were recovered from the suspect.
He said that the surviving suspect would be handed over to the Police after full investigation, for prosecution.