Troops rescue 12 kidnap victims in Benue


By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

TROOPS of Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, under the command of the Force Commander, Major General Sunday Igbinomwanhia, have continued to intensify onslaught and aggressive posture in its operations against bandits, terrorists and other criminals in its areas of operation in the North Central; Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.

On Wednesday, 21st February, 2024, following credible intelligence on the activities of kidnappers, troops of Sector 1 OPWS, rescued 12 kidnapped victims at Jootar village in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to the Force Commander, the victims were on transit from Imo State to Adamawa State.

According to him: “it was observed that the perpetrators took advantage of the abandoned Federal Police Highway checkpoint to carry out their criminal act.

“On sighting the aggressive troops of OPWS with superior fire power, the kidnappers fled leaving behind their victims.

“An 18 seater bus belonging to Taraba Express International with Serial Number 212 and Registration Number GKA-371XA TARABA STATE was recovered from the kidnappers den and towed to the troops lication.”

He gave the names of the rescued victims as, Mr Sule Abu, 55 years, Mrs Ashie Shuaibu, 26, Master Suleiman Abdullahi, 3, Mrs Zainab Salau, 35, Mr Muritala Yussuf, 22, Mrs Zainab Saidu, 45, Mr Hammed Mamud, 51, Mr Usman Ali, 27, Mr Nura Abubakar, 24, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, 20, Mrs Felicia Asusis, 29, and Mr Jacob Nathaniel, 22 years.

Gen Igbinomwanhia reiterated that OPWS will continue to commit efforts in collaborating with other security agencies in making Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States safe from any form of criminal activities

He further reassured the general public that OPWS will continue to ensure the safety of lives and properties of all patriotic citizens within the Joint Task Force Joint Operations Area.