Special Military Taskforce, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has arrested the suspected killers of Na’aman Stephen, a Catholic seminarian.
This was made known on Friday in Plateau State by the Media Officer of OPSH, Captain James Oya.
Recall that Na’aman was killed when the assailants attacked the rectory of St Raphael Catholic Church, Fadan-Kamantan of Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Oya said, “Among these suspects are those in connection with the murder of Mrs Dorathy Jonathan on Sept. 1 at Afana Village in Zango Kataf.
“Also, these suspects involved in the attack and burning of St Raphael’s Catholic Church Fadan Kamatan on Sept. 7, are also here.
“Recall that the attack led to the death of Na’aman Stephen, a seminarian serving at the parish.
“The swift response of our troops rescued Rev. Frs. Emmanuel Okolo and Noah Monday, the parish priest and his assistant.
“On the whole, we have eight suspects in our custody who were arrested for committing the above crimes and also running a gun manufacturing factory in the area.”
31 weapons of various categories were recovered during the operation which led to the arrest of the suspects.
Similarly, the Police Command in Nasarawa has arrested 18 suspected kidnappers at different locations of the state.
DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer, made the disclosure while parading the suspects in Lafia on Friday.
He said that two of the suspects were arrested while trying to purchase more ammunition and guns.
According to him, most of the suspects have already confessed to committing the crimes and are helping the police in investigation.
He also said that investigation had led to the discovery of their hideout in Wassa village, Sanga Local Government Area, Kaduna State where arms were recovered.
The spokesperson added that following intelligence, the police had also arrested suspected kidnappers, operating along Nassarawa-Eggon, Akwanga and Kokona LGAs of the state.
He further said that seven suspects were paraded for alleged rape and four others for suspected cultists.
“The following exhibits were recovered from the suspects; four guns, 11 ammunition and one vehicle,” he said.
The spokesperson attributed the success recorded by the command to the support by members of the public, traditional rulers, other security agencies and the media.
He, however, said investigation was ongoing and on conclusion, the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.
He appealed to members of the public to continue to avail them with credible information that would help to reduce crime to its barest minimum in the state.