By Abiodun OBA
The alleged mastermind of the murder of Alhaji Adamu Idris Gabdo, the Ardo of Panyam (Fulani leader) in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State has finally been arrested.
A tactical team of Operation SAFE HAVEN(OPSH) arrested Philip Gokas also known as Jaykimo at a football viewing centre where he was enjoying himself and drinking beer at a football viewing centre in Lagos, following weeks of painstaking manhunt to bring the criminal to Justice.
In a statement released on its Twitter handle, the OPSH said Gokas has fully confessed to the crime.
He is also said to have provided crucial information that will aid in the arrest of others who participated in the murder of the Fulani leader.
“This development serves as a clear warning to criminals that they cannot elude justice as security agencies retain 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.
“Recall that, following the murder of Ardo Panyam, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, directed Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) to recover the body of the deceased, which was accomplished by the OPSH Tactical team in a remote area of Bauchi state and handed over to the family for burial.
“The directive further charged the troops to quickly hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice to prevent reprisals and a fresh circle of violence after the peace being enjoyed on the Plateau consequent upon the launch of Operation HAKORIN DAMISA IV.
“The breakthrough also signifies 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.
“The General Officer |Commanding 3 Division and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Maj Gen AE Abubakar expresses his heartfelt appreciation to the public for their support and cooperation throughout this 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.
“He further 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 in faraway Lagos.
“We assure the public that our efforts to ensure the safety and security of all citizens will not waver and remain paramount. We will continue to work closely with relevant stakeholders and engage in continuous dialogue to foster peace and tranquillity in the area,” the OPSH said in the statement.