Army rescue kidnap passengers in Peace Mass Transit Bus in Kogi, clear IPOB/ESN enclave in Oguta

February 28, 2024
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The Nigerian Army have revealed that Troops, on Monday, successfully rescued 10 passengers onboard a Peace Mass Transit Bus kidnapped while traveling from Calabar, Cross River Sate, to Abuja, FCT, in Kogi State.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement @HQNigerianArmy disclosed that the rescue operation took place at Ogugu Community, along Enugu-Kogi Road in Olamaboro Local Government Area, Kogi State.

Nwachukwu narrated that responding to a distress call, the troops swiftly mobilized to the scene of the kidnap incident, where the kidnappers had demobilized a Peace Mass Transit bus, abducted the passengers and moved them into the nearby Ette forest. The gallant troops diligently tracked and engaged the armed gang in a fire fight compelling them to relinquish their hostages.

The Nigerian Army have revealed that Troops, on Monday, successfully rescued 10 passengers onboard a Peace Mass Transit Bus

Passengers onboard Peace Mass Transit rescued in Kogi State

The swift and decisive action of the troops led to the successful rescue of the passengers.
Nwachukwu added that in a separate operation, own troops conducted a clearance operation to IPOB/ESN Enclaves in Egbuoma/Osiam in Oguta Local Government Area of Anambra State. During the operation, troops had contact with fighters of the irredentists group, resulting in the neutralization of one terrorist. The troops also recovered one Mercedes Benz 350 4matic from their camp.

Army rescue kidnap passengers in Peace Mass Transit Bus in Kogi, clear IPOB/ESN enclave in Oguta

Weapons recovered by Troops in the operations

In another development, troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday 26 February 2024 quelled an attack on Katakpa village in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State following a distress call.

An armed group identified as the Bassa militia group had invaded the village, sadly annihilating the Sarkin Katakpa.

Acting on a distress call, troops embarked on a fighting patrol to the community and successfully repelled the attack. During the exploitation, troops recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two AK 47 Magazines, two G3 Rifles, two G3 Rifle Magazines, 41 Cartridges of 39mm ball special ammunition and 45 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

Troops have dominated the general area and continued further exploits to nab the assailants.
Nwachukwu assured that the Nigerian Army remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of citizens and will continue to conduct operations to sanitize troubled areas and maintain peace and stability in the country.

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