Military Rescued 53 Kidnapped Victims In 2 Weeks – DHQ

Military Rescued 53 Kidnapped Victims In 2 Weeks – DHQ

By Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters, DHQ has disclosed that the Military troops in their  various operations across the country rescued 53 Kidnapped victims within 2 weeks.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, DMO Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko revealed this  during a  press briefing in Abuja.

The DMO boss explained that troops of operation Hadarin Daji  rescued 28 kidnapped civilians in course of the operations, while troops of operation Safe Haven rescued 12 kidnapped victims, and 13 kidnapped victims were also rescued by troops of operation Whirl Stroke.

According to him, within the last 2 weeks, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI sustained offensive operations against armed bandits and other criminal elements at different locations across the theatre.

He said that with the support of the Air Component, troops launched deliberate attacks on identified bandits’ hideouts; successfully repelled armed bandits and robbers’ attacks on civilians in different villages; rescued victims and recovered assorted arms, ammunitions and other items at different locations. 

He noted that the locations in which troops’ operational efforts yielded significant results include; Kaikazaka village in Sokoto State as well as Garbadu town and Saturi, Katanga, Badarawa and Tunga Na Yarchiga villages in Zamfara State; Cumulatively, a total of 33 armed bandits were neutralized, while 19 of them and their collaborators as well as armed herdsman were arrested. 

Onyeuko said that 37 assorted arms, including AK-47 rifles, PKT machine guns and GPMGs as well as 698 rounds of different calibres of ammunitions, 22 motorcycles and 899 rustled livestock among other items and vehicles were recovered;  while 28 kidnapped civilians were rescued in the course of the operations. 

He stated that 59 extra magazines of assorted arms and 21 motorcycles were recovered from bandits.  

“Troops successfully repelled armed bandits’ attacks and arrested child traffickers, cattle rustlers, kidnappers as well as armed bandits and robbers. Troops also recovered several arms, ammunition and livestock during raid operations on criminal elements’ hideouts as well as repelled kidnappers and gunmen attacks at different locations across the theatre within the period.

” Cumulatively, a total of 15 criminal elements were arrested, 12 kidnapped civilians were rescued, while 118 livestock, 18 assorted arms and 112 different calibers of ammunition among other items were recovered in the course of the operations.

 “In Operation WHIRL STROKE, troops’ operational efforts resulted in the neutralization and arrest of armed bandits and other criminal elements, recovery of arms and ammunition as well as rescue of kidnapped civilians.

” Some of these operations were executed at; Tine Nune village in Mbatin Council Ward and Tse Yorbee town in Ukum LGA, Ojopa community and Edumoga forest in Okpokwu LGA and along Makurdi – Kula road, all in Benue State as well as Ugya forest in Toto LGA of Nasarawa State. 

“Cumulatively, a total of 12 criminals were neutralized, while 26 criminal elements     including 16 migrant armed bandits from Niger Republic were arrested.

 “Also, 16 different types of arms and 61 different calibres of ammunition were recovered, while 13 kidnapped civilians were rescued within the period under review,” he noted.


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