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C’RIVER: Troops rescue abducted commissioner 35 days after kidnap

TROOPS of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Calabar deployed for Operation Akpakwu, have rescued the abducted Commissioner for Women Affairs in Cross Rivers, Associate Prof Gertrude Nnanjar Njar after 35 days in captivity.

The Assistant Director Army Public Relations of the 13th Brigade Nigerian Army Calabar, Captain Dorcas Oluwatope Aluko, who confirmed this in a statement yesterday said the troops laid a tacit ambush for the kidnappers around Peter Effiong Creek, Messembe, Jebs.

Recall that the rescued Commissioner was kidnapped on February 1st while driving back home at Main Avenue, street Calabar South.

The statement added that “The gallant troops tactically sprung an ambush to take the kidnappers by surprise while on search of the victim. In the ensuing melee, the criminals abandoned the victim and fled into the creeks.

“Troops are, however, on the trail of the fleeing criminals. Meanwhile, the victim is currently receiving medical treatment, after which she will be discharged.

“The Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army commends troops for their gallantry and urges them to sustain the tempo against all criminal elements in the Brigade’s Area of Responsibility.

“Members of the general public are also encouraged to continue providing timely and accurate information on criminal activities within their vicinities.”

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