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Nigerian troops rescue three kidnap victims in Benue

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•Destroy bandits enclave, arrest one in Nasarawa

Senator Iroegbu 

The Nigerian troops of Operation Whirl Stroke  deployed to counter banditary activities in North Central Nigeria have rescued  three kidnapped victims in a building located at Gana’s family compound at Gbise in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State. 

This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Col. Onyema Nwachukwu.

“The victims, a man and two women were rescued during a dawn raid in the early hours of Friday 26 April 2019,  when gallant troops stormed a building reportedly  belonging to a notorious bandits’ leader, Gana. The visibly traumatized victims claimed they were abducted about two months ago at Gboko by a gang of kidnappers and subsequently relocated to Gbise community,” Nwachukwu stated.

He said th troops are are still on the trail of the criminals, who fled their enclave after they were overpowered in a shootout with the troops. 

He noted that “troops have also destroyed the building which served as the kidnappers hideout. 

“The rescued persons have been handed over to authorities of  Benue State Government for medical attention before reuniting them with their respective families.”

Similarly, he said, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke deployed to Giza in Nasarawa State have arrested a bandit during a raid on a suspected bandits’ hideout at  Alima, near Kadarko in Nasarawa state. 

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Nwachukwu stated that the bandit, who was intercepted with a locally made rifle and some quantity of gun powder is currently assisting in preliminary investigations.

Afterwards, he said, the suspect will be handed over to an appropriate prosecuting security agency.

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