Soldiers Raid Ondo Forests, Arrest 5 Kidnappers, Rescue Hostages

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

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

According to a statement issued by Captain Victor Olukoya, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 32 Artillery Brigade Akure, 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 were admitted for 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

The statement added that the 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 also ordered for intense patrol to be carried out in both Ekiti and Ondo states to rid the states of hoodlums.

The commander thanked 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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