The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, deployed to counter banditry activities in North Central Nigeria, have rescued three kidnap victims in a building located at Gana’s family compound at Gbise in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.
Concise News reports that a statement from Defence spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu says the victims, a man and two women, were rescued during a dawn raid in the early hours of Friday 26 April 2019, when troops stormed a building reportedly belonging to a notorious bandits’ leader, Gana.
He says the visibly traumatized victims claimed they were abducted about two months ago at Gboko by a gang of kidnappers and subsequently relocated to Gbise community. He says troops are still on the trail of the criminals, who fled their enclave after they were overpowered in a shootout.
Also, he says troops have destroyed the building, which served as the kidnappers’ hideout. Nwachukwu states that the rescued persons have been handed over to authorities of Benue State Government for medical attention before reuniting them with their respective families.
Furthermore, he says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, deployed to Giza in Nasarawa State, have arrested a bandit during a raid on a suspected bandits’ hideout at Alima, near Kadarko in Nasarawa State. According to Nwachukwu, the bandit, who was intercepted with a locally made rifle and some quantity of gun powder, is currently assisting in preliminary investigations after which he will be handed over to appropriate prosecuting security agency.