By Emeka Samuel, Uyo
Troops of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as other security agencies have succeeded in killing a notorious criminal and gang leader in Akwa, Ibom Otobong Moses.
Moses who is popularly know as “Otoabasi” and has constituted a terror to residents of the state met his waterloo at his hideout in Obon Ebot community, Etim Ekpo Local Government while three of his accomplices were arrested with two kidnapped victims rescued and released.
Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Capt. Samuel Akari disclosed this to newsmen after the raid on Wednesday.
Akari disclosed that items recovered from the raid include; one Sub Machine Gun and magazine, 67 rounds of 9MM ammunition, two motorcycles, 16 mobile phones, one AK 47 rifle magazine with 30 rounds of 7.62MM Special ammunition and nine machetes.
Other items recovered according to the Assistant Director include; two military monkey jackets, one helmet strapped with military camouflage uniform, 2 pairs of military camouflage uniform, one military police beret, one police camouflage face cap, one military pull over, ATM card, two TV sets, a standing fan, decoder and four generator sets.
“In line with operational directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the Akwa Ibom State Government, troops of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as other security agencies raided a well known kidnappers hideout.
“The raid operation was as a result of a sustained surveillance on the activities of the notorious kingpin and his syndicate. The first phase of the operations was conducted on May 12, during the operations, troops raided the criminals hideout, but on sighting the troops the criminals abandoned their hideout and fled.
“The gallant troops rescued the kidnapped victims and arrested two collaborators of the criminal kingpin while the shrine, hideout and assorted charms were set ablaze by the troops.
“Further investigation revealed that the criminal gang is known for terrorising the locals, kidnapping, killing and burying their victims, who do not do their biddings in shallow graves in the general area.” He explained.
He appealed to residents of the community to return to their homes and continue their businesses as the security agencies would be on surveillance to ensure peace in the community.