Benue: Troops rescue 8 kidnapped victims

As the fight against criminality intensifies in Benue State, troops from Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, Saturday, made a huge breakthrough when they rescued 8 persons from kidnappers’ den.

The rescued locals, who hail from Agasha town, in Guma Local Government Area, were kidnapped on their farms by herdsmen on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom, Mr. Nat Ikyur, in a press statement, Sunday morning, said the victims had spent over three days with their abductors before their rescue.

He added that, “Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Lt. Col Paul Hemba (rtd) who briefed the Governor on the successful rescue operation, explained that the gallantry of troops from Operation Whirl Stroke who made contact with the kidnappers at Gbekyor led to an exchange of gunfire with the perpetrators and over powered them”.

He maintained that the superior fire power of the soldiers overwhelmed the kidnappers who fled in disarray, leaving behind the kidnapped victims.

Those rescued by the soldiers include: Philip Akpage, 56yr-old, Aondokula Ijah, 30; Mrs Kwadoo Takada, 60; Mrs Kwakuma Asongu, 55; Mrs Agnes Ornguze, 54; Mrs Yanguchan Tiv, 45; Mrs Kwadoo Mtomga, 45 and Mrs Mnembe Terlumum, 30.

The victims have since been reunited with their families.

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