The troops of 151 Battalion, Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with 21 Special Armoured Brigade’s Quick Response Force (QRF) have thwarted the kidnap of 3 civilians by the criminal insurgents.
The troops acted based on information volunteered by some patriotic indigenes.
They blocked and engaged the criminal insurgents in a fierce fire fight at a crossing point around Firgi village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, North East Nigeria, leading to the rescue of the civilians and a Canter truck loaded with grains.
In a statement, the Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu says this is in continuation of the Army’s drive to clear marauding criminal insurgents and other unscrupulous elements from Operation LAFIYA DOLE and other theatres of operations nationwide.
According to the statement, the criminal insurgents succumbed to the superior fire power of the troops, abandoned the hijacked truck and its occupants and fled in disarray into the forest at the sight of the troops while the rescued victims were later escorted safely back to their destination.
The gallant troops continued to dominate the area and deny the criminal elements freedom of action within the entire Theatre of Operation while still trailing criminal insurgents.
In another development, troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, while on clearance operations, discovered 2 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by criminal insurgents along Bitta-Yamkete Road.
The devices were successfully detonated by the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, making the route safe again for commuters.
Also in the South South, troops on Operation MESA raided the criminal hide-outs of some identified kidnap kingpins in Rivers State.
The suspected kidnappers who have been terrorising innocent citizens met their waterloo when troops of 29 Battalion simultaneously raided the criminal hideouts in OBIO/AKPOR, TAI and GOKANA LGAs of Rivers State.
The raid led to the arrest of 4 high profile criminals who have been on the Security Agencies’ wanted list.
Those arrested included Dumbari Bro from B-Dere community, Victor Dollars from K-Dere community, Gbarako Kaviloba from Lewe and Confidence Friday from Bodo community.
The suspects are undergoing interrogations and are expected to be handed over to the appropriate Security Agency for prosecution.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenany General Tukur Yusuf Buratai once more appealed to the good citizens of Nigeria to continue to support the Army’s resolve to completely rid communities of criminal elements by providing useful information to effectively tackle the myriad of the security challenges facing the nation.