Army Smashes Kidnappers Den In Rivers Community

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The Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, has said that the army had clamped down suspected armed robbers/kidnappers in Idu-Ekpeye-Upkeliede axis in Ahoada West Local Government Area of the State, killing one suspected kidnapper and rescued four kidnapped victims
This was contained in a release made available to newsmen at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
Iliyasu said that the success story was courtesy of the Ex- EGWU-EKE III in 6 Division Area of Responsibility ( AOR) troops of 29 battalion Port Harcourt.
He said that the hoodlums, on sighting the troops, fired frantically and scampered for their lives, adding that one of them was gunned down in the process and others escaped with gunshot wounds.
According to him, the operation was conducted following an intelligence report on the criminal activities of armed robbers and kidnappers at the busy East-West Road and its environs.
He pointed out the gang were responsible for the recent criminal activities at the busy East-West Road which disrupted free traffic flow.
Items recovered during the operation, included one Motorcycle, Twelve live Cartridges, cult-like axe, one cutlass, two masks and one Nokia Phone.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, pointed out that the body of the slain kidnapper, the rescued civilians and the items recovered, had been handed over to the appropriate authority for further actions.
Relatively, he revealed that the troops in conjunction with other security operatives had destroyed six illegal refineries carrying out illegal refining activities in Bille in Degema Local Government Area.
He also said that they also impounded an empty barge suspected to be used in conveying the illegal product around the area.
According to him, the troops of 16 Brigade Nigeria Army (NA), which swooped Gbaraun Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government in Bayelsa State, raided the camp of two most wanted criminals in the area, Napoleon alias Abala 2nd in.command and Tompolo’s boat driver whose name was not given.
He said that the suspects were the brain behind many kidnappings and cult-related killings in the State.