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  • Updated: May 21, 2024

Nigerian soldiers arrest six kidnappers, reject N2m bribe in Taraba

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Troops from the Nigerian Army's 6th Brigade apprehended six suspected kidnappers in Taraba State while rejecting a 2 million Naira bribe from the criminals. 

Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde, Acting Assistant Director of 6 Brigade Army Public Relations, said the suspects were apprehended in various operations across the state.

According to him, troops from the 93 Battalion Sub-Sector 3B OPWS, stationed at Forward Operating Base Wukari, conducted a well-planned attack in the Chinkai hamlet of Wukari Local Government Council after receiving a tip.

The operation, he added, resulted in the arrest of two people: Usman Gide Ali, 25, and Abdulrahman Amadu, 28.

He further stated that the suspects were on the wanted list of security services for their participation in several kidnappings in Wukari and its surrounds.

Upon their arrest, the defendants allegedly attempted to bribe the military with 2 million Naira in exchange for their release.

"The suspects were also overheard stating that if money failed to secure their freedom, their associates would resort to armed means to rescue them from custody," according to him.

In another operation in the Ibi Local Government Area, troops stationed at Sarikin Kudu detained four additional alleged kidnappers.

The suspects, named as Jafaru Banyi, 28, Mohammad Ardo, 25, Amadu Lawal Shatta, 20, and Biyu Ardu, 25, have been linked to several high-profile abductions in the region.

In a related report, troops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed terrorists' hideouts in a coordinated operation at Rugga, Sarti and Yade communities of the state and recovered weapons and ammunition.

The operation, led by troops of the Nigerian Army 6 Brigade/Sector 3 "Operation Whirl Stroke" overpowered the terrorists during an encounter.

The troops also recovered the following: "1 AK-47 rifle, a magazine containing 7 rounds of 7.6mm X39mm ball ammunition and 1 cartridge. Additionally, a knife and two mobile phones" during the operation.

In a statement on Saturday, the army noted that the troops are in pursuit of the terrorists to dismantle all the criminal hideouts in the state.

The statement partly reads: "In a coordinated operation aimed at eradicating terrorist strongholds in remote areas of Taraba State, troops of 6 Brigade/Sector 3 Operation WHIRL STROKE successfully dismantled terrorist hideouts in Rugga, Sarti and Yade communities, recovering arms and ammunition.

"During an aggressive patrol conducted by the troops of 93 Battalion Sub-Sector 3B OPWS, contact was made with terrorists who fled their base in the face of the troops' overwhelming firepower.

"A thorough search of the terrorists' hideout resulted in the seizure of 1 AK-47 rifle, a magazine containing 7 rounds of 7.6mm X39mm ball ammunition and 1 cartridge.

"Additionally, a knife and two mobile phones belonging to the terrorists were also confiscated. The troops are in pursuit of the terrorists to dismantle all criminal hideouts and ensure the area remains uninhabitable for unlawful activities.

"These successful military operations exemplify the Nigerian Army's unwavering commitment to decisively combat all forms of criminal activities, reassuring the public of their safety and security as the farming season approaches in the state."

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