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June 10, 2024

Army thwart Kidnap attempt, rescue victims in Ughelli North

Army thwart Kidnap attempt, rescue victims in Ughelli North

By Akpokona Omafuaire, Ughelli

Gallant men of the Nigerian Army on surveillance patrol foiled a kidnap attempt by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Oviri-Ogor community in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State.

The troop also rescued passengers plying the Ughelli axis of the East West road from Fulani herdsmen kidnapping attempt.

It was gathered that unidentified suspected kidnappers weekend trail one of their victims to his newly completed building along HRM Igere III road, in Oviri-Ogor community but unfortunately they met his absent.

Though the report was sketchy, a source in the community disclosed that, at about 8pm of that faithful day, the kidnappers, shooting sporadically stormed the house of their victim.

“They did not see him and in that process, they went away with a yet to be identified person before the arrival of the Nigerian Army that mounted surveillance on the vicinity.

According to the community source, “This road leading from Oviri-Ogor community market to the East West road has been a disaster for years now as people living could only sleep with their eyes and ear open because of possible attack.

“The Government should come to our rescue as there is no night, we don’t hear gun shots. Nobody dare pass through that road as from 6:30 pm being an Okada rider or driver.”

In a related development, the Nigerian Army rescued passengers from the hands of their suspected kidnappers after a gun duel lasting almost an hour between both parties.

One of the rescued victim who identified himself as Comrade Ekiyor Andrew said, “We were kidnapped along Ughelli Patani road, they butcher of some of the passengers and the driver of the bus is still missing.

“They took some of our phones and money but thank God for the Nigerian soldiers that came to rescue us alive, some people are still missing but I know they will be rescued.”

Confirming the incidents the Nigerian Army in a statement in their verified X handle formerly Twitter said, “In a remarkable display of bravery, troops of the Nigerian Army deployed for internal security duties successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt by a suspected terrorist group along the Ughelli-Patani Road in Delta State.

“The troops’ swift response to a distress call resulted in the rescue of passengers who had been kidnapped while traveling in a commercial bus.

“The troops upon receiving the distress call, rapidly mobilized and confronted the terrorists, who were armed with assorted weapons. A fierce firefight ensued, compelling the terrorists to abandon their captives and flee the scene.

“The rescued passengers have been taken into safe custody, where they are receiving necessary care and support. Meanwhile, the troops are currently pursuing the fleeing terrorists.”