In the Yorro local government area of the state, troops from the Nigerian Army’s 6 Brigade on Saturday, February 3, destroyed a bandit’s stronghold and freed four kidnap victims.
The bandits were confronted by the army on the Gampu hills of Yorro LGA, and following an exchange of gunfire, the bandits fled, leaving their victims behind, according to a statement released by the Brigade Spokesman, Oni Olubodunde.
Olubodunde said: “The swift and decisive operation to flush out bandits and kidnappers disturbing the peace in Yorro LGA and its environs commenced on 2nd February 2024. Troops came in contact with bandits in the Gampu Hills and Ban Yorro area and exerted superior firepower which made the bandits flee the location leaving behind their abducted victims.
“The operation is still ongoing to ensure that other kidnapped victims who fled the area during the exchange of fire are found and reunited with their loved ones.
“The rescued kidnapped victims are Genesis M Samuel age 24 from Ganku village, Benard Denis age 28 from Fulfualgon village, Esther Titus age 35 from Kosanai village, and the Emir of Pupulle son who was abducted at his residence on 18 January 2024 Isma’il Umar age 25.”
The statement also urged members of the public to continue to “support the military by giving credible and timely information on suspicious movements to aid in improving security within the state.”
Yorro local government area is one of the areas where the National Assembly by-election was held and has for some time been ravaged by a series of banditry and kidnap incidents.