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Troops discover corpse of missing Fulani leader in Plateau



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Troops of Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State stated on Thursday that the remains of a Fulani leader, Adamu Gabdo of the Panyam district of the state’s Mangu Local Government Area, have been found.

According to news reports, the Ardo of Panyam went missing on Sunday, September 24, 2023; however, he was dead on Friday, September 22.

However, a few days later, police stated that the record at their disposal showed that Ardo, who had left Bauchi State to visit friends and family in Plateau State, had just been reported missing and not deceased.

The disappearance of the Fulani chieftain has caused tension in Mangu and the adjacent council districts since then.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the troops of the military group in charge of keeping security in Plateau State, it stated that the Fulani leader’s remains were found in Bauchi State during a special operation.

“This breakthrough was made possible through the continued community engagement employed by OPSH. This remained key to the search operations, as troops worked closely with community leaders and critical stakeholders, as well as family members of Ardo Adamu Gabdo, to gather vital information and coordinate the search efforts.

“The steadfast collaboration between the leadership of Operation Safe Haven and the communities also demonstrates the commitment and determination of both parties to ensure justice is served on the perpetrators.
It read further, “Consequently, the recovery of Ardo Adamu Idris Gabdo’s remains marks a significant step forward in unravelling the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

“The investigation will now proceed with renewed vigour to identify and apprehend those responsible for this heinous crime and quickly bring them to justice as directed by the Chief of Army Staff. OPSH will continue to work tirelessly and stop at nothing to bring the perpetrators of all evil acts to justice and ensure the security of lives and property on the Plateau, especially in the entire Joint Operations Area.

“The General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Operation Safe Haven, Major General AE Abubakar, while commending the special operation, wishes to extend his heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Ardo Adamu Idris Gabdo during this difficult time.

“He urges the general public to remain vigilant, cooperate with security agencies, and provide any relevant information that may assist in the ongoing investigations. He further enjoined law-abiding citizens to join hands together to create a safe and secure environment for all residents devoid of criminal elements, as he assured that justice would be served on anybody found culpable.”

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