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12 Kidnap Victims Rescued By Troops In Benue

According to the Nigerian Army, 12 victims who were abducted while traveling from Imo to Adamawa states have been freed by soldiers of Operation Whirl Stroke, or OPWS.

According to the army, the victims were saved on Wednesday at Jootar village, which is located in Benue State’s Ukum Local Government Area.

Major General Sunday Igbinomwanhia, the leader of Operation Whirl Stroke, claims that the kidnappers exploited a deserted Federal Police Highway post.

“In a recent operation, following credible human intelligence on the activities of kidnappers, troops of Sector 1 OPWS, on February 21, 2024, at Jootar village in Ukum LGA of Benue State, rescued 12 kidnapped victims who were in transit from Imo State to Adamawa State.

“On sighting the aggressive troops of OPWS with superior firepower, kidnappers fled, leaving behind their victims,” he said.

According to Igbinomwanhia, an 18-seater Taraba Express International bus with the registration number GKA-371XA was found and towed to the troop’s location from the kidnapper’s cave.

Mr Sule Abu, 55, Mrs Ashie Shuaibu, 26, Mr Hammed Mamud, 51, Mr Usman Ali, 27, Mr Nura Abubakar, 24, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, 20, Mrs Felicia Asusi, 29, and Mr Jacob Nathaniel, 22 are among the rescued casualties. Master Suleiman Abdullahi, 3, Mrs Zainab Salau, 35, Mr Muritala Yussuf, 22, and Mrs Zainab Saidu, 45.

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