Military Speaks On ‘Missing’ Bauchi Travellers

Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a multi-security task force maintaining peace in Plateau State, has opened up on why it arrested nine travellers from Bauchi in Jos.

Recall that the nine travellers on motorcycles were reportedly missing in Jos en route to Nasarawa State on Saturday in search of livelihoods. However, the travellers were found on Wednesday in the state.

But the spokesperson of the OPSH, Captain Oya James, in a statement on Friday explained the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the travellers.

He said, “On 3 February 2024, troops received calls from well-meaning citizens on movement of a large convoy of persons on motorcycles traversing Jos East on the day of the bye elections in Plateau State.

Considering the prevailing security challenges, they were subsequently tracked and taken into protective custody for profiling.

“Following thorough profiling, the travellers were found to be innocent and were released to their family members in less than 48 hours after passing through the necessary security checks.

“Security agencies will not leave anything to chance in exploring legitimate means to track down any activity inimical to security with a view to averting any attempt to unleash mayhem on innocent civilians.

We urge the public to continue to collaborate and avail security agencies with credible information that will aid in securing peace loving citizens.”