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Army troops intercept kidnappers, rescue hostages in Ondo

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By Ajogwu Jerry

Acting on a tipoff in the aftermath of a kidnap incident involving nine (9) persons at Mr Godwin Ugu Integrated Agric Farm Owo, troops of 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure  conducted a raid operation on the kidnappers’ hideout at Jugbere village in Owo Local Governnent Area of Ondo State.

The operation led to the interception of five kidnappers and the rescue of five hostages and four other abductees who escaped from the kidnappers’ den on arrival of troops.

A statement by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations 

32 Artillery Brigade, Capt Victor Olukoya disclosed the rescued hostages and arrested suspects who had minor injuries have been taken to the  Brigade Medical Centre for medical examination/treatment.

“During the operation, the following  items were recovered from the  criminals:

  a. 1 x Dane gun

  b. 1x Axe

  c. 2 x Cutlasses

  d. 8 x Live cartridges

  e. 1 x Handset

  f.  3 x Ring charms

“The suspects will be handed over to the appropriate civil  security agency at the conclusion of preliminary investigation.

“The 32 Brigade Nigerian Army wishes to reassure residents of Ekiti and Ondo States of the commitment and capability of the Brigade to ensure security of lives and property of law abiding citizens. To this end, the Commander Brigadier General ZL Abubakar has ordered for intense patrol in the states to assist in ensuring peace and security. 

“Members of the public are enjoined to pass information to the security outpost close to them. The 32 Artillery Brigade  emergency public cellphone numbers are active 24/7 to the public to pass credible information. The numbers are;

 a.  09030002151

 b.  09030002161″.

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