Troops, Vigilantes Kill 3 Kidnappers, Arrest 2 in Oyo

Operatives deployed by the Nigerian military for Operation Burst, in conjunction with local vigilantes, have neutralized three suspected kidnappers, in Oyo State.

Two persons were also arrested when troops raided the kidnappers’ hideout at old Oyo National Park forest, in Kishi Local Government Area.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), revealed this on Thursday at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), in Abuja.

Enenche, who was speaking at a weekly media update on military operations, said four AK-47 and one AK-49 rifles and four magazines, loaded with 48 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) were recovered from the criminals.

According to him, troops of Operation Awatse have continued to intensify the fight against pipeline vandals, economic saboteurs and other criminal elements, in the South West.

He said a combined team of Operation Safe Conduct, had on 1 October, in Igbokoda, Ondo State, conducted a joint show of force and clearance operation in the riverine areas of Ilaje and Ese-Odo Local Government Areas.

Maj. Gen. Enenche, added that the operation was conducted along designated routes and suspected flashpoints.

“During the operation, the team stormed a suspected militants’ camp at a creek in Asere, Ese-Odo Local Government Area. On arrival, the suspects fled into the bush, however, the team conducted search in the camp and recovered 4 empty magazines, one locally made pistol, 92 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 56 cartridges and 11 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition,” he said.

He said troops have continued to dominate the general area with clearance and aggressive patrols while maintaining surveillance to rid the area of pipeline vandals and other economic saboteurs.

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