The Military High Command said that its continued and sustained offensive operations against armed bandits and other criminals in the North West Zone of the country have recorded success as troops of Operation Hadarin Daji rescued 10 kidnapped victims.
This is even as troops of Operation Whirl Stroke neutralized an armed bandit, recovered arms, and arrested two other bandits at two locations in Benue State.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche in a statement said the troops responded to a distress call on bandits’ activities at Yenyewa Village.
He noted that troops mobilized swiftly to the location where they made contact and engaged the armed bandits.
“The gallant troops overwhelmed the criminals with superior firepower and forced them to abandon 10 kidnapped victims before fleeing in disarray. The rescued kidnapped victims have been reunited with their families,” he said.
General Enenche further explained that the troops deployed at Karu Village while acting on credible intelligence responded to a report on the presence of some armed bandits, who had been linked to a recent killing of a Makurdi based layer and his wife, operating around Anguwa-Onmbaagbu general area in Benue State.
According to the statement, “Troops swiftly mobilized to the identified location where they had contact and engaged the criminals in a firefight.
“During the encounter, troops overwhelmed the bandits and killed one of them, while others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
“Troops recovered an AK-47 rifle and a magazine loaded with 4 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition from the criminal elements”.
He added that troops deployed in Benue and Taraba States carried out raid operations on the identified hideout of the bandits at Abako Village and in the process arrested 2 of the armed bandits with their arms.
The arrested bandits he said have been handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action.

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