The Nigerian Army has continued its clampdown on criminal insurgents by rescuing three kidnapped civilians around Firgi community in Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.
According to a press statement sent to Our Nigeria in Abuja on Monday, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel, Aminu Iliyasu, stated that the rescue operation was conducted in continuation of the army’s drive to clear marauding criminal insurgents and other unscrupulous elements around the country.
Col. Iliyasu said the troops of 151 Battalion in conjunction with elements of 21 Special Armoured Brigade’s Quick Response Force (QRF) thwarted the kidnaping of the three civilians, at about 12:20 pm on Friday.
He also revealed that the three civilians were rescued alongside a Canter truck loaded with grains.
According to the statement, the troops, acting on information volunteered by residents, blocked and engaged the criminal insurgents in a fierce fire fight at a crossing point around the Firgi settlement, with the insurgents succumbing to the fire power of the troops, abandoning the hijacked truck, its occupants and fled in disarray into the forest.
“The gallant troops are still on the trail of the criminal insurgents while the rescued victims have been escorted back to their destination. Troops continue to dominate the area and deny the criminal elements freedom of action within the entire Theatre of operation,” Col Ilyasu said.
He disclosed further that troops on operation MESA raided the criminal hide-outs of some identified kidnap kingpins in Obio/Akpor, Tai and Gokana LGAs of Rivers State.
“The raid led to the arrest of 4 high profile criminals who have been on the wanted list of security agencies,” the Media Coordinator said.
He explained that the arrested suspects include Dumbari Bro from B-Dere community, Victor Dokara of K-Dere community, Gbaraco kaviloba of Lewe and Confidence Friday of Bodo community.
“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogations and will soon be handed over to the appropriate security agency for prosecution”.
The statement further revealed that the troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, on a clearance operations, has on October 5th uncovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by criminal insurgents along Bitta – Yamteke road.
Col. Iliyasu said the devices were successfully detonated by the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team, and that the route has been cleared and safe for the motorist.