The main mastermind behind the murder of the slain Alhaji Adamu Idris Gabdo, the Ardo of Panyam in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, has been arrested by the Nigeria Army.
Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) Tactical Team arrested Mr Philip Gokas, also known as Jaykimo, in Lagos State following weeks of manhunt.
Recall that Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State had last month condemned the murder of the Fulani leader.
The troops said the suspect was arrested in the Ogba area of Lagos State, where he was found enjoying himself and drinking beer at a football viewing centre.
”The arrest of Mr. Philip Gokas is a testament to the commitment and unwavering dedication of OPSH and the effectiveness of collaborative efforts. Mr. Gokas has fully confessed to the crime and has provided crucial information that will aid in the arrest of additional individuals involved in this heinous act in the coming days.
”This development serves as a clear warning to criminals that they cannot elude justice as security agencies retains the capacity and resilience to utilise all elements of national power to hold them accountable as directed by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen CG Musa.
”The breakthrough also significes a milestone in our pursuit for justice. We therefore remain steadfast in our commitment to maintaining peace and security on the Plateau and its environs. We will continue to work tirelessly to prevent any escalation of violence,” a statement released by the Army said.
The General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Maj Gen AE Abubakar, expressed appreciation to the public for their support and cooperation throughout the investigation.
”The recovery of the body of the late Ardo of Panyam and the subsequent arrest of Mr Philip Gokas would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance and information provided by the community,” the statement added.
Abubakar reiterated that the criminal act was perpetrated by a few bad eggs in the society and does not represent the intent of the good people of Panyam who have lived for years peacefully with their Fulani brothers.
The GOC further commended the troops especially the Tactical Team for their tireless efforts, professionalism and unwavering commitment during the operation.