Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) have made a huge breakthrough following the rescue of eight persons from kidnappers den.
The rescued locals from Agasha town in the Guma local government area were kidnapped on their farms by herdsmen on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.
The military success comes as the Nigerian Army intensifies the fight against criminality in Benue State, Northcentral.
In a statement, Nathaniel Ikyur, Chief Press Secretary to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, said the kidnapped victims had spent over three days with their abductors before their rescue.
“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 overpowered them.
“He maintained that the superior firepower 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,” Ikyur stated.