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Nigerian soldiers rescues ten kidnapped victims in Kogi State

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 10 passengers kidnapped yesterday, Monday 26, February in a Peace Mass Transit Bus in Kogi State while travelling from Calabar to Abuja.  

Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known today in a post on the official X handle of the army headquarters. 

According to Nwachukwu, following a distress call, the rescue operation occurred at Ogugu Community along Enugu-Kogi Road in Olamaboro’s local government area of Kogi State.

“Responding to a distress call, the troops swiftly mobilised to the scene of the kidnap incident, where the kidnappers had demobilised a Peace Mass Transit bus, abducted the passengers and moved them into the nearby Ette forest. The gallant troops diligently tracked and engaged the armed gang in a firefight, compelling them to relinquish their hostages. The swift and decisive action of the soldiers led to the successful rescue of the passengers,” he said.

In a similar operation in the Oguta Local Government Area of Anambra State and Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Nwachukwu said the army operating in these areas neutralised a terrorist in Oguta. At the same time, it successfully repelled an attack in the Katapka area of Nasarawa State.   

“In a separate operation, their troops conducted a clearance operation to IPOB/ESN Enclaves in Egbuoma/Osiam in the Oguta Local Government Area of Anambra State. During the operation, troops had contact with fighters of the irredentist group, resulting in the neutralisation of one terrorist. The troops also recovered one Mercedes Benz 350 4matic from their camp.

“In another development, troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday, 26 February 2024, quelled an attack on Katakpa village in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State following a distress call. An armed group identified as the Bassa militia group had invaded the town, sadly annihilating the Sarkin Katakpa.

“Acting on a distress call, troops embarked on a fighting patrol to the community and successfully repelled the attack. During the exploitation, troops recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two AK 47 Magazines, two G3 Rifles, two G3 Rifle Magazines, 41 Cartridges of 39mm ball special ammunition and 45 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.”

Nwachukwu assured Nigerians of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of citizens and maintaining peace and stability in the country.

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