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Taraba attack: Troops on search, rescue operations for missing personnel – Army

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… As NAPTIP nabs suspected human trafficker in Anambra, rescues victim***

The Nigerian Army says the troops of 93 Battalion have embarked on a search and rescue mission for the personnel who are missing in action in a recent encounter with terrorists in Taraba.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

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Nwachukwu said the troops encountered the terrorists while responding to a distress call about an attack on the Tati community, in Takum Local Government Area in the early hours of Tuesday.

He said that troops fell into an ambush staged by the criminals during the pursuit, adding that the troops fought fiercely through the ambush, neutralising four of the terrorists.

According to him, six gallant soldiers sadly paid the supreme price, while one personnel is missing in action.

“However, a reinforcement team from 6 Brigade deployed against the fleeing bandits at Ananum village in Donga Local Government Area of the state, neutralised two additional bandits and recovered one Ak 47 rifle, one pistol, one locally fabricated gun, 2 AK 47 Magazines, 19 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 7 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and 3 motorbikes.

“Troops are currently in pursuit of the bandits and will leave no stone unturned in the ongoing search and rescue operations for the missing personnel.

“The good people of Taraba state are enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies,” he said.

In another development, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), Anambra Command, on Wednesday arrested one suspected trafficker in person.

Mrs Judith-Chukwu Ibadin, Commander of NAPTIP, stated this in a statement made available to the newsmen in Awka.

Ibadin, who did not disclose the name of the suspect, said the trafficker was arrested in collaboration with officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service while attempting to process International Passport for his victim.

She said the female victim who was lured from Edo state was Dubai bound but was rescued in the operation.

The Commander said the suspect operates with a syndicate based in Edo state and Dubai.

According to Ibadin, NAPTIP, in collaboration with Nigeria Immigration Service, Anambra Command, arrested the suspected human trafficker on May 11 and rescued the female victim.

“The suspect who resides in Onitsha, Anambra, in conjunction with his syndicates, lured the victim from Edo state to Anambra.

“The suspect was arrested at the immigration office while he was trying to procure a Nigerian international passport for the victim to be trafficked to Dubai with,” she stated.

Ibadin said the victim had been taken to a safe home by NAPTIP and that the case is under investigation.



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