Soldiers Arrest Gunrunners, Foil Kidnap Attempt in Taraba, Benue

Nigerian military personnel have apprehended a gun smuggling ring and thwarted a kidnapping attempt in Taraba and Benue states.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday,

The statement partly read, “In Taraba State, troops, in collaboration with vigilantes, acted on actionable intelligence to apprehend one Mansir Mohammed at Jalingo Motor Park, who has been reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists.

“His arrest led to the nabbing of other members of his syndicate and the recovery of one Semi Automatic Pump Action gun, one locally fabricated gun, a Peugeot car, five mobile phones, and the sum of N45,000 only.”

Furthermore, soldiers conducting regular patrols in Miyande Village, located in the Takum Local Government Area of the state, apprehended two suspected terrorists who had hidden an automatic rifle beneath the seat of a motorcycle they were riding. The soldiers seized one AK-47 rifle, along with five rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and confiscated the motorcycle from the suspects.

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In a separate incident in Benue State, soldiers swiftly responded to a distress call regarding a kidnapping attempt, resulting in the death of one of the kidnappers during the intervention.

The statement added, “In another development, troops responded to a distress call and successfully foiled a kidnap attempt within Zaki-Biam Town in Zaki-Biam Local Government Area of Benue State.

“During the intervention, troops neutralised one kidnapper in a shootout with the criminals and recovered a Beretta pistol with four rounds of 9 mm ammunition.”