Nigerian Army rescues 4 abductees, recovers arms in Plateau

…..destroys IPOB/ESN camp in Imo

The Nigerian army has rescued Mrs Rosemary Jekpe who was kidnapped at her residence in Abuja Layout, Bukuru Low Cost Housing in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Jekpe was rescued at Rafinbuna Village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, after a firefight with the kidnappers.

The troops also rescued three people at the outskirts of Kwatarkwashi Village in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Maj. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday.

According to Nwachukwu, the troops recovered one AK – 47 Rifle and 2 Motorbikes from the Kidnappers.

Also, the Nigerian Army conducted a targeted raid on a suspected criminal enclave at Zamtip Village in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State, following actionable intelligence.

” During the operation, troops successfully apprehended one of the criminals, while another, in a bid to evade arrest shot and killed himself. Troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, 5 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 2 empty cases of 7.62mm, 3 sim cards and one Jackknife from the criminals.

” In another operation, in Zamfara State, troops in a prompt response to a distress call, have foiled the abduction of 3 persons by violent extremists at the outskirts of Kwatarkwashi Village in Gusau Local Government Area. Troops engaged and overpowered the extremists in the shootout that followed, forcing them to abandon the 3 Kidnap victims, who were immediately rescued by the troops. One of the victims however, sustained injury and has been evacuated to a hospital for further medical attention, while efforts are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators.

” In South Eastern Nigeria, troops of the Nigerian Army responding to intelligence report of the establishment of a new camp by IPOB /ESN militants on Monday 18 March 2024, neutralized an IPOB/ESN militant in a sting operation in the new hideout in Ihiteukwa community, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State. The militants, notorious for their reign of terror in the state, were engaged in a gun duel by the troops, resulting in the elimination of one of them, while others took to their heels. Troops have destroyed the terrorists’ camp and on the trail of the fleeing militants. Troops recovered a fabricated single barrel gun from the militant.

” The Nigerian Army reaffirms its dedication to safeguarding lives and property of all citizens, as we sincerely extend our gratitude to vigilant members of the public, whose cooperation remains instrumental in ongoing efforts to combat insurgency, terrorism and sundry criminality across the nation”, said the Nigerian army.

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