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Troops arrest IPOB/ESN members, foil terrorist attack in Katsina village

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Troops arrest IPOB/ESN members, foil terrorist attack in Katsina village

Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed for counter-terrorism operations have intercepted the activities of notorious kidnap kingpins in Anambra, Oyo, and Katsina States.

In Anambra State, the troops on patrol successfully intercepted and arrested two suspected IPOB/ESN members identified as Ifeanyi Godwin and Uche Onuoha, in a Toyota Highlander SUV near Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area (LGA).

Army spokesman, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, who made the disclosure, hinted that the suspects were found in possession of two pump-action rifles, 41 cartridges, a hand-held communication radio, and fetish objects.

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Further investigations revealed their involvement in criminal activities and have been on the Nigeria Police wanted list since 2023.

Preliminary investigations further revealed that Ifeanyi Godwin allegedly owned a hotel from the proceeds of kidnapping used as an IPOB/ESN operations base.

Similarly, in Oyo State, troops acting on credible intelligence raided the residence of a suspected kidnap kingpin identified as Bello Chikidawoje, in Bodija Area of Ibadan North LGA.

The operation led to the recovery of 2 AK-47 rifles, magazines loaded with ammunition, and additional rounds buried inside an animal’s cage.

“Efforts are underway to apprehend Bello Chikidawoje and dismantle his criminal network,” Nwachukwu said.

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In a separate operation in Katsina State, troops responded to a distress call about terrorists blocking the road in Ruma Yargamji, Batsari.

Nwachukwu said the swift action by the troops compelled the terrorists to flee, resulting in the recovery of three empty AK-47 magazines along their withdrawal route.

In Kankara LGA, Katsina State, troops acted on intelligence about terrorists planning an attack on commuters returning from the village market.

Troops confronted the terrorists, leading to the neutralisation of one terrorist and the recovery of an AK-47 rifle and ammunition.

The decisive actions of the troops prevented a potential attack and disrupted the terrorists’ plans.

“The successful operations point to the commitment of Nigerian security forces in combating criminal elements and ensuring the safety and security of communities across the country,” Nwachukwu said.

“We urge all Nigerians to continue to support the troops to further enhance their operational effectiveness.”

 

Proofreading, editing by Gift Luckson and Hafsat Aleeyu Muye, Journalist and Editor at Neptune Prime.

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