26 September 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
The Armed Forces says troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE, 117 Guards Battalion and troops of Sector 2 have killed four criminals and rescued three kidnapped victims in Nasarawa and Taraba States.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement explains that while the troops were on joint clearance operation on 25 September 2020 around Mararaba Udege in Nasarawa State they raided a suspected kidnappers’ camp along Bakonu road in Nasarawa Local Government Area and rescued three kidnapped victims while two kidnappers were killed.
It notes that the rescued victims have been reunited with their families.
It states that in another development, following credible intelligence on the possible regrouping of some elements linked to the late Gana at a hideout around Kwaghaondo village in Chanchanji council ward of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops of Sector 2 conducted a dawn raid operation at the identified hideout.
Accordingly, the gallant troops made contact with the armed militia elements who opened fire and fled as troops closed in on their position by responding with superior firepower which led to the killing of two bandits while one AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 15 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered.
According to the statement, troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols and ambushes to deny bandits freedom of action.
The statement affirms the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies in curtailing activities of insurgents, bandits and other criminal elements in the country.
It adds that members of the general public are requested to always continue to provide timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the nearest military and other security agencies location for prompt action.