Soldiers Raid Owo/Akoko forests, Arrest 5 Kidnappers, Rescue Hostages

By: Ade Adeleke

The troops of 32 Artillery Brigade, deployed in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state have apprehended 5 kidnappers known to have been terrorizing locals in that general area.

The troops made the arrest when they carried out a raid operation today 16 April 2019 at about 1:00am, on the kidnappers hideout at Jugbere village in Owo LGA that is located at Owo/Akoko forests.

In a statement issued by Captain Victor Olukoya, Assistant Director
Army Public Relations, 32 Artillery Brigade Akure indicates that the operation was based on a tip off, that suspected kidnappers had kidnapped 9 farmers in a farm belonging to one Mr Godwin Ugu.

During the raid operation, troops were able to rescue 5 of the hostages while 4 others escaped from the kidnappers den. The rescued hostages and some of the suspects who sustained minor injuries are presently undergoing first aid treatment at the 32 Artillery Brigade Medical Centre.

Items recovered from the hoodlums include:
a. 1 Dane gun
b. 1 Axe
c. 2 Cutlasses
d. 8 Live cartridges
e. 1 Handset
f. 3 Ring charms

Suspects will be handed over to the appropriate security agency at the conclusion of preliminary investigation.

The commander 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Zakari Abubakar has ordered for intense patrol to be carried out in both Ekiti and Ondo states to rid the states of hoodlums.

The commander thanks the members of the public and further appeal to the law abiding citizens to please avail the Army, police and other security agencies with useful and timely information, that will lead to arrest of other perpetrators of evil in the states.

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