- The troops of Operation Safe Haven have made impressive progress over the abduction of Charles Mato Dakat, a traditional ruler in Plateau state
- Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the abduction which happened on Sunday, December 26
- Dakat who is a paramount ruler in Gindiri local government area of Plateau state has also regained freedom
Gindiri LGA, Plateau state - Troops of Operation Safe Haven have arrested eight suspects in connection with the kidnap of Charles Mato Dakat, a traditional ruler in Plateau state.
The Punch reported that the military information officer of Operation Safe Haven confirmed the arrest on Friday, December 31.
Legit.ng notes that the arrest was disclosed shortly after the release of the traditional ruler.
The military information officer was quoted to have said:
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“While the Paramount ruler of Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Chief Charles Mato, has been with his abductors, the commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General Ibrahim Ali, placed the troops deployed at Gyanbus on red alert and the hot trail of the perpetrators.
“Consequently, eight suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnap incidence and are being interrogated. Following this development, the paramount ruler, early this morning of Friday 31 December 2021, was released by his abductors.”
Those involved will face the full wrath of the law
The military gave assurance that all those involved in the kidnap of the traditional ruler are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
Dakat, a paramount ruler in Gindiri local government area, was abducted by gunmen who attacked his palace on Sunday, December 26, around 1am.
Emmanuel Dabup said on Facebook:
"I salute to officers and men for their gallantry."
Dennison Quidom said:
"Hope they will be sentence as stated by the government,we are tired of all this nonsense."
Donald Tsentiem Menyir said:
"Thumbs up for the job Weldone to our security agents."
Anthony Longret Sati
"If its true Let's have their names and pictures please."
Police react as kidnappers free abducted Ekiti traditional chief, 2 others
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a traditional chief in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin LGA of Ekiti state, and two other kidnapped cocoa merchants regained their freedom after the payment of N4 million ransom to the kidnappers.
The abductees were released along Ikere road around 3am on Wednesday, December 29, and had been reunited with their families.
Obafemi was kidnapped on his farm located along Ado-Ijan road on Thursday, December 23.