The Nigerian military has captured the prime suspect in the death of Alhaji Adamu Idris Gabdo, the Ardo of Panyam in the Plateau State town of Mangu.
After weeks on the run, Mr. Philip Gokas, aka Jaykimo, was apprehended by the troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) Tactical Team in Lagos State.
Keep in mind that last month, Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State spoke out against the assassination of the Fulani chieftain.
The troops claimed they located the suspect sipping beer at a football viewing center in the Ogba neighborhood of Lagos State.
The arrest of Mr. Philip Gokas demonstrates the hard work and dedication of OPSH and the success of teamwork.
Mr. Gokas has made a complete confession and supplied key information that will lead to the arrest of other perpetrators of this horrible conduct in the coming days.
In a statement, Chief of Defense Staff General Tukur G. Musa said, “This development serves as a clear warning to criminals that they cannot elude justice as security agencies retains the capacity and resilience to utilize all elements of national power to hold them accountable.”
This is a huge step forward in the fight for justice, and the discovery proves it. Therefore, we will not waver in our dedication to safeguarding the safety of the Plateau and its surrounding areas. We will not rest until we have stopped any further escalation of violence.
According to an official Army statement.
The probe would not have been successful without the help and cooperation of the local community, and General Officer Commanding, 3 Division and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Maj Gen AE Abubakar, has publicly thanked them for it.
“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.”
Added to the statement.
Abubakar stressed once more that the illegal conduct did not reflect the intentions of the fine people of Panyam who have lived peacefully with their Fulani brothers for many years, but rather the actions of a small minority within the community.
The GOC also expressed his gratitude to the troops, and specifically the Tactical Team, for their dedication, professionalism, and hard work throughout the mission.