Troops destroy bandits’ hideouts, rescue kidnapped Emir’s son, three others in Taraba

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The rescued victims

Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued Isma’il Umar, the 25-year-old son of Emir of Pupulle who was abducted from his residence in Taraba State on January 18.

Acting Assistant Director, 6 Brigade Army Public Relations, Lt. Olubodunde Oni disclosed this in a Saturday statement obtained by The Herald.

He said the Emir’s son was rescued when troops engaged bandits in their camps at Gampu Hills and Ban Yorro area of Yorro local government area and exerted superior fire power.

Also rescued are are Genesis M Samuel, 24, from Ganku village; Benard Denis, 28, from Fulfualgon village; and Esther Titus, 35, from Kosanai village.

The statement read, “In the continued fight against banditry and kidnapping in Taraba State, troops of 114 Battalion (Rear) of 6 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security forces, successfully destroyed multiple bandits hideouts and rescued 4 kidnap victims.

“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 at Gampu hills and Ban Yorro area and exerted superior fire power which made the bandits to 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.”

Oni said that the brigade is committed to ensuring the safety of citizens and dismantling all criminal infrastructure in Taraba State.

“Members of the public are urged to continue to support the military by giving credible and timely information on suspicious movements to aid in improving security within the state,” he added.

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