The Nigerian Army says its troops of 4 Brigade, on Wednesday eliminated three kidnappers believed to be part of the notorious kidnap and robbery gang terrorising motorists along Auchi-Benin road in Edo.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement in Abuja; said the kidnappers met their waterloo while carrying out their nefarious operation along the axis.
He said the kidnapers, however, ran out of luck as the vigilant troops swooped on them; engaging them in a gun duel that led to the elimination of three members of the gang; while others fled in different directions. Nwachukwu said the gallant troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, one pump action shotgun and other dangerous weapons.
He said efforts were ongoing to track the fleeing criminals and free that corridor from all forms of violent crimes.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to enjoin the general public, particularly the good people of Edo to continue to expose criminal elements in their localities to law enforcement agencies. They are also urged to go about their normal activities as efforts are in place to ensure seamless security,” he said.
In other news, the Police Command in Zamfara has confirmed the kidnapping of four members of the family of the State’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Chairman and one other person.
The victims were kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
Specifically, the gunmen had allegedly invaded the residence of the ASUU Chairman, Federal University, Gusau, Abdulrahaman Adamu; abducting four of his family members. Confirming the incident on Wednesday in Gusau, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command; Muhammed Shehu, said detectives had been deployed on a search and rescue operation.
Shehu added that the police were also working with the university management for intelligence and further action.