By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche has said, the troops of Sector 2 and 4, on 16 July 2020 carried out a raid operation on a suspected kidnappers den located at Tomanyin village in Logo LGA of Benue State.
This is in continuation of the aggressive clearance operation to rid criminal elements out of the North-Central region of the country, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke recorded tremendous successes against Kidnap kingpins.
The statement noted that, the troops had contact with the bandits leading to exchange of fire as troops closed in on the hideout .
Gen. Enenche in a statement released to News Headquarter explained that, the raid was sequel to available credible intelligence on the activities of a notorious kidnap syndicate operating in the general area of Igbom village in Nenzev council ward of Logo LGA.
“The gallant troops responded with superior fire forcing the armed bandits to fled in disarray into the bushes.
“The determined troops engaged the criminal elements in hot pursuit leading to the killing of one Zwa Ikyegh identified as the ring leader and others escaped with various degrees of gun shots wounds.
“The successful encounter led to the rescue of 32 kidnapped victims some of whom have been in captivity for over a month.
“All the rescued kidnapped victims have been reunited with their families in different communities in Logo LGA.” he stated.
He added that troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 magazine, 6 locally made rifle, one locally made pistol and a magazine during the encounter.
Others include 22 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 cartridges, 2 motorcycles and some Charms.
“The hideout has been equally destroyed.”
Enenche also added that, troops of Sector 2 deployed at Gbise in Katsina Ala LGA and Zaki Biam in Ukum LGA of Benue State responded to a distress call on another kidnapping incident at Austoma in Mbanema Council ward of Ukum LGA.
“Troops promptly mobilized to the scene leading to the arrest of 2 suspects.
“The suspects are Mr Sealemun and Oraduen both of whom are linked to late Terugwa Igbagwa Aka Orjondu. Troops recovered one motorcycle which the kidnappers were using for their heinous crimes.
“The suspects are currently undergoing investigation after which they will be handed over to the Nigeria Police for further necessary action.
“Troops have continued to dominate the area with patrols and ambushes. Normalcy has since been restored in the general area.” he added.
He however noted that the Military High Command had congratulated the gallant troops for their professionalism and encouraged them to intensify the onslaught against the enemies of the country.