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INSECURITY: Police in Niger State rescue 8 kidnap victims

Police declare 4 persons missing in Ebonyi community
Written by Maritime First

… As Troops eliminate over 90 terrorists in 2 weeks***

Police in Niger State says they have rescued eight persons kidnapped at Sarkin Pawa Forest of Munya Local Government Area of the state.

Police spokesman, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said in a statement issued in Minna on Thursday that the rescued victims were kidnapped on Sunday in the local government area on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

Abiodun said based on credible intelligence, police operatives on patrol along Lukuma/Shafe Road of Sarkin Pawa rescued the victims on Wednesday at about 5 p.m.

Abiodun added that seven of the rescued victims hail from Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State while the eighth victim hails from Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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He said preliminary investigation showed that the victims began their journey from Kankia town in Katsina State on Nov. 21 heading to Abuja when they were kidnapped on the Kaduna/Abuja Expressway.

“In the course of debriefing the victims, it was discovered that they were taken to Kofa Forest in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State,’’ he stated.

Abiodun added that efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing hoodlums.

“We appeal to rural dwellers to assist in the ongoing fight against criminals with intelligence information that could aid the police in apprehending the miscreants,’’ he stated.

In the meantime, the Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Hadin Kai, have in the last two weeks eliminated more than 90 Boko Haram and Islamic States West Africa Province(ISWAP) terrorists in North East.

Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, disclosed this when he gave an update on military operations from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko also disclosed that unconfirmed number of terrorists were eliminated in offensive airstrikes by the Air Component on Nov. 12 in Baga near Lake Chad.

He added that the troops on Nov. 13 repelled terrorists’ attack on troops at Askira-Uba in Borno, leading to the killing of over 50 terrorists and the destruction of several combat equipment, such as gun trucks and other weapons in the coordinated ground and air attacks.

According to him, their fighting vehicles, as well as large caches of arms and ammunition, were recovered during the encounter while some of the gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme price.

Onyeuko further disclosed that troops in Baga town arrested a notorious terrorist -Mr Haladu Saleh who has been on the wanted list since 2018.

He said that the troops also intercepted and impounded terrorists’ logistics supplies along Bukarti – Yusufari Road and Maima Hari Checkpoint on Biu – Damboa Road.

According to him, the troops raided an enclave in Karawar village and recovered arms and ammunition as well as assorted drugs and arrested two drug peddlers -Mr Ezekiel Karson and Galadima Bako with large quantities of cannabis sativa.

”In the course of these operations, no fewer than 90 terrorists were neutralised and 21 of them arrested.

“Also, 98 assorted weapons, including AK-47 rifles and 2,589 rounds of ammunition were recovered within the period.

“Additionally, seven kidnapped civilians were rescued, while a total of 996 Boko Haram elements and their families comprising 203 adult males, 302 adult females and 491 children surrendered to own troops at different locations in Borno.

“All recovered items have been handed appropriately and rescued persons reunited with their families, while arrested and surrendered terrorists have been profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for further action,” he said.

 

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