Troops of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army (NA), Uyo, on Monday arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued five victimsin Etim Ekpo local government area of Akwa Ibom.
The Assistant Director of Army Public Relations of the brigade, Captain Samuel Akari, said this in a statement
Akari said the troops in conjunction with Police personnel raided the kidnappers’ den at Abia Palm in Epe community in Etim Ekpo.
His words: “The raid and rescue operation was carried out based on credible information on the hideout of the kidnapping syndicate at Abia Palm.
“During the operation, the leader of the kidnapping syndicate, simply identified as JeamNas, escaped with an AK 47 rifle.
“While two other members of the syndicate, Imo Nkwo, aged 23, and Thankgod Ezekiel, aged 24, who attempted to escape, were immobilized and arrested and their camp set ablaze.”
According to Akari, the bus conveying the victims was hijacked by the kidnappers on its way to Ikot Ekpene from Port Harcourt on Friday, last week.
He added that the rescued victims, exhibits and arrested kidnappers had been handed over to the Police for further action.
Akari assured that effort was on to apprehend the fleeing gang leader.
He urged members of the public to support security agencies in the state with timely information on the activities of kidnappers and other criminals for prompt action.