Operation Safe Haven, the multi-security task force keeping the peace in Plateau and parts of Bauchi States, has paraded a suspected gun-running kingpin who has been on security agent’s wanted list in the last three years.
It was gathered that the kingpin whose name was given as Nanbong Sambo Maidoki alias NSK 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 arrests by personnel of OPSH in September 2013 when two AK 47 rifles were recovered in his abandoned vehicle.
OPSH Media and Information Officer, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, said the suspect who was arrested in a hotel in Langtang North on the 18th of June following intelligence tracking once again tried to escape but was apprehended. He had flung away the keys to his vehicle in an attempt to derail security agents but after an unsuccessful search for his car keys, security agents had resorted to a forceful break-in where a rocket propelled grenade tube launcher, one RPG bomb and an RPG bomb charger were discovered, neatly concealed in his Toyota Highlander jeep with registration number AJ174RSH.
Captain Iweha said; “He was picked up at about 12:13am on the 18th in Langtang North LGA. You would recollect the porosity of that general area with the incidences in the North east. He tried once again to escape but this time luck ran out of him, consequently, search was conducted in his house, nothing incriminating was found but in his vehicle we found a complete military styled ammunition.”
The task force spokesperson said the arrest of Nanbong will improve the general security on 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 raised, women and children are killed and men are maimed. Imagine what this will do to any community that it is launched at,” he said.
While urging communities to come forward with useful information concerning criminals, he stressed that “the fall out of such criminal actions impacts on the larger society. Our appropriate sister agencies will carry on with his prosecution while our own tracking will continue to track other members of his syndicate.”
“we assure that any information provided would be treated in utmost confidentiality. the OPSH will also want to reassure members of the general public of its determination to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens,” he said.
When asked to comment, Nanbong said he didn’t have anything to say but said he didnt do anything for a living.