The Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), in Plateau has arrested 27 suspected cult members operating in various communties in Jos North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The Commander of the Task Force, Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Jos, said that the arrest followed raids by troops from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20 in communties in the area.
According to the Commander, the suspects who were arrested in Apata, Jenta Adamu and Jenta Miango communities in the area, includes: 21 males and six females.
Items recovered from the suspects include: knives, cutlasses, three locally made pistols, ammunition and suspected hard drugs.
He said the suspects would be handed over to the police for prosecution.
Aso, in the course of the raid, the commander revealed that the Task Force arrested some drug barons but immediately handed them over to the National Drug Law Enfforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action.
Maj. General Okonkwo who said that the arrest was to prevent crime during the hosting of the National Festival for Art and Culture (NAFEST) in the state, added that the arrest was in continuation of the task force’s effort to rid the state of crimes and criminality.
The commander assured that the task force would not rest on its oars until petty crimes, killings and other forms crimes are curtailed in the state.
He also said that the task force would continue to clamp down on all criminal elements to ensure a peaceful yuletide in the state.
He urged residents to cooperate and support the task force in its bid to ensure safety of lives and property in the state.