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Troops clear terrorists’ hideout rescue kidnap victims



From VICTOR GAI, Jalingo

TROOPS of the 6 Brigade/Sector 3 Operation WHIRL STROKE operating in Taraba and Benue states, have dislodged terrorists, recovered a significant amount of arms and ammunition, arrested a suspected kidnapper and rescued some kidnapped persons.

Spokesman of the Brigade, Lt. O. Oni, disclosed this yesterday in a statement made available to THE NIGERIA STANDARD, stating that the operation took place from April 27 to 29.

According to the statement, the troops acted on information that the terrorists were gathering and shooting sporadically and added that the superior firepower of the troops forced the terrorists to flee in disarray.

The statement read: “Troops from the 93 Battalion Sub-Sector 3B OPWS, stationed at Fikyu on 29 April 2024, swiftly responded to reports of suspected terrorists firing sporadically in the Pukun area of Fikyu in Ussa Local Government Area. The troops engaged them with superior firepower, forcing their retreat. Further search of the area led to the recovery of 1 AK 47 Magazine with 10 rounds of 7.62MM special ammunition.

“Additionally, troops deployed at Kufai Amadu and Kasuwan Haske, in collaboration with troops from Sub-Sector 1A OPWS, acted on intelligence regarding the hideout of terrorists in Vingir Village of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, Benue State. The terrorists were engaged with superior firepower, leading to their withdrawal in disarray.

“The troops arrested a suspected kidnapper named Dogo Manu, who was found in possession of 2 Techno mobile phones and forty thousand Naira (#40,000). A search of their camp resulted in the recovery of 1 AK 47 rifle.

Furthermore, the troops successfully secured the release of kidnapped victims, Dr. James Raphael and his son, in Gbeji, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.”

Also, one Junaidu Isiaka was apprehended by the troops with 4 sacks of weeds suspected to be Cannabis Sativa and in connection with terrorists’ activities in Bali Local Government Area of the state.

The statement disclosed that the “suspect has been on the watch list of the security agencies for his involvement in illegal drugs deal and supplies to terrorists and other criminal elements operating within the general area.”

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