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TARABA: Troops arrest six suspected kidnappers, refuse N2m bribe

TROOPS from 6 Brigade Nigerian Army/Sub Sector 3 Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) arrested six susupected kidnappers in separate operations in Taraba State, two of whom attempted to bribe them with N2 million.

The operations were carried out on May 19, 2024.

Troops from the 93 Battalion Sub-Sector 3B OPWS, stationed at Forward Operating Base Wukari, raided Chinkai Village in the Wukari Local Government Area after receiving a tip.

The Acting Assistant Director of 6 Brigade Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde, revealed in a statement that the raid resulted in the arrest of two people: Usman Gide Ali and Abdulrahman Amadu.

The suspects have been placed on the wanted list by security services due to their involvement in repeated kidnappings in Wukari and its surrounds.

“Upon their arrest, the suspects attempted to bribe the troops with N2 million for their release. However, the soldiers staunchly refused the bribe, underscoring their dedication to justice and integrity,” the statement read.

“The suspects were also overheard stating that if money fails to secure their freedom, their associates would resort to armed means to rescue them from custody.”

Meanwhile, in a separate operation in Ibi Local Government Area, troops stationed at Sarikin Kudu arrested four more suspected kidnappers based on solid intelligence: Jafaru Banyi, Mohammad Ardo, Amadu Lawal Shatta, and Biyu Ardu.

These suspects have been tied to multiple high-profile kidnappings in the region, targeting both locals and foreigners for ransom, and have long been under surveillance by security officials.

Brigadier General Kingsley Uwa, Commander 6 Brigade/ Sector 3 OPWS, commended the troops for their courage and unwavering commitment to ethical standards, emphasizing that the successful arrest of these suspects is a testament to the soldiers’ diligent efforts and dedication, highlighting their refusal to accept bribes as a clear demonstration of their professionalism and integrity.

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