Troops Arrest Kidnap Kingpin, Kill Bandits in Taraba, Benue States

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By Victor Akaa, Abuja.

The Military High Command says, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke operating under Operation Accord deployed in Taraba and Benue states in different operations has arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin by name Kobo Ishor (aka “Lesser” ) an associate of late Orjondu, neutralised 4 bandits with unsubstantiated numbers escaped with different degrees of gunshots injuries.

This was contained in a statement made available to Enugu Reporters by Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations on Tuesday.

According to him, “troops of Operation Whirl Stroke operating under Operation Accord deployed at Gbise in Katsina Ala LGA in Benue State and Sector 4 in Taraba State conducted a joint commando raid operation in the early hours of 29 June 2020 at Rafin Kada in Wukari LGA and Yojaa in Donga LGA of Taraba State.

“The troops came in contact with suspected Tiv militias at Che Jukun village.

“The armed militia opened fire on sighting the troops who responded with superior firepower thereby neutralizing 4 of them in the process while unconfirmed number escaped with gunshot wounds”.

The statement said, many items including 2 locally made rifles, 55 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 117 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 3 mobile phones, 3 AK 47 magazines, 2 motorcycles were recovered.

Others include,one military shirt uniform, one Peace Corps ID Card belonging to one Mr Anyor Fidelis and some charms.

“Troops also responded to a distress call from Zaki Biam on the activities of a notorious kidnap kingpin by name Kobo Ishor (aka “Lesser” ) an associate of late Orjondu.

“He was apprehended and currently undergoing interrogation, to be handed over to the Nigerian Police afterwards for prosecution”. He added.

He however noted that the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria has congratulated the gallant troops of Operation Whirl Stroke for their dexterity and professionalism and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of criminals in the North Central Zone of the Country.

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