Troops Rescue 8 Kidnapped Victims From Herdsmen In Benue

As the fight against criminality intensifies in Benue State, troops from Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, Saturday, February 19th, 2022 made a huge breakthrough when they rescued 8 persons from  kidnappers’ den.

According to a press release on Sunday, 20th February 2022 signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Benue State Governor, Nathaniel Ikyur, he said that he rescued locals who hail from Agasha town in Guma local government area were kidnapped on their farms by herdsmen on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.

They had spent over three days with their abductors before their rescue.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Lt. Col Paul Hemba (rtd) who briefed the Governor on the successful rescue operation explained that the gallantry of troops from Operation Whirl Stroke who made contact with the kidnappers at Gbekyor led to an exchange of gunfire with the perpetrators and over powered them.

He maintained that the superior fire power of the soldiers overwhelmed the kidnappers who fled in disarray, leaving behind the kidnapped victims.

Those rescued by the soldiers include  Philip Akpage, 56yr-old, Aondokula Ijah, 30; Mrs Kwadoo Takada, 60; Mrs Kwakuma Asongu, 55; Mrs Agnes Ornguze, 54; Mrs  Yanguchan Tiv, 45; Mrs Kwadoo Mtomga,  45 and Mrs Mnembe Terlumum, 30.

The victims have been reunited with their families.