Wanted leader of a notorious gang of bandits terrorizing communities in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states, Leggi Jibrin, has been arrested after a gun battle with troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, the joint military/security operation covering the three states.
According to reports, the wanted bandit, who had been on the radar of OPWS, was; arrested by the troops at Agam/Gidan Bawa village in the Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State during a sting operation.
A source stated that the operation, which took place last Wednesday and Thursday on the directive of the Force Commander, Major General Kevin Aligbe, also led to the rescue of five kidnap victims by the troops deployed to Ugya in Toto LGA of the state.
The source said, “Troops of OPWS deployed to Ugya in Toto LGA of Nasarawa State received credible intel and responded swiftly to a distress call of a kidnap incident at Zaure forest.
“On arrival at the forest, our troops saw three trucks loaded with illegal timber that was; abandoned in the forest.
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Accordingly, the troops combed the forest, stumbled on the kidnappers’ camp, and rescued five of their victims.
“The rescued victims are Abdulkafar Nuhu, Adamu Dagana, Emmanuel Osasede, Jacob Amaku and Danladi Amaku.”
The North Central zone of the country have been bedeviled by insurgency. Terrorists locally called bandits have abducted hundreds of citizens for ransom.
In Benue state, fulani herdsmen have sacked many communities. These displaced are in refugee camps provided by the government.
In Taraba state, Boko Haram islamic fundamentalists have been kidnapping local people, mostly women and young girls.
Recently, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a church. A police station was; also attacked by the terrorists.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the security chiefs to crush the terrorists.