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Troops foil multiple Kidnap attempts in Plateau, Zamfara

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The Military High Command of the Nigerian Army stated on Tuesday that the troops deployed in Jos South Local Government of Plateau State have rescued Mrs. Rosemary Jekpe, who was kidnapped from her residence in Abuja Layout, Bukuru Low Cost Housing in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

This information was contained in a statement released to Defence Correspondents in Abuja by Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu.

According to the statement, the kidnapped victim was rescued at Rafinbuna Village in Bassa Local Government Area of the state after a firefight with the kidnappers, during which the troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle and two motorbikes from the kidnappers.

It added that the troops also conducted a targeted raid on a suspected criminal enclave at Zamtip Village in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State, following actionable intelligence.

During this operation, troops successfully apprehended one of the criminals, while another, in a bid to evade arrest, shot and killed himself.

Further explanation in the statement revealed that the troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, five rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two empty cases of 7.62mm, three SIM cards, and one jackknife from the criminals.

In another operation in Zamfara State, troops responded promptly to a distress call, foiling the abduction of three persons by violent extremists at the outskirts of Kwatarkwashi Village in Gusau Local Government Area.

Engaging and overpowering the extremists in the ensuing shootout, the troops forced them to abandon the three kidnap victims, who were immediately rescued. However, one of the victims sustained an injury and has been evacuated to a hospital for further medical attention, while efforts are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators.

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In the South East, troops responding to intelligence reports of the establishment of a new camp by IPOB/ESN militants neutralized one militant in a sting operation in the new hideout in Ihiteukwa community, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State on Monday.

The statement explained that the militants, notorious for their reign of terror in the state, engaged in a gun duel with the troops, resulting in the elimination of one of them, while others fled. The gallant troops destroyed the terrorists’ camp and are currently on the trail of the fleeing militants, recovering a fabricated single-barrel gun from the militant.

The statement concluded by reaffirming the Nigerian Army’s dedication to safeguarding the lives and property of all citizens, expressing gratitude to vigilant members of the public whose cooperation remains instrumental in ongoing efforts to combat insurgency, terrorism, and sundry criminality across the nation.


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