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Army arrests gun-runner, foils kidnap attempts in Taraba

Troops of the Nigerian Army, working alongside vigilantes, have apprehended Mansir Mohammed who was reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists at Jalingo Motor Park. …

Troops of the Nigerian Army, working alongside vigilantes, have apprehended Mansir Mohammed who was reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists at Jalingo Motor Park. 

 Major General Onyema Nwachukwe, the Director of Army Public Relations, revealed this through Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde, the Public Relations Officer of the 6th Army Brigade, in a statement issued on Monday.

 The statement said the arrest of the suspected gun-runner also led to the capture of other members of his gang. 

 Items recovered during the operation included a semi-automatic pump action gun, a locally fabricated gun, a Peugeot car, five mobile phones, and 45,000 in cash, it added.  

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Olubodunde said in a separate operation, troops on routine patrol at Miyande Village in Takum Local Government Area intercepted two terrorist suspects concealing an automatic rifle under the seat of a motorbike they were riding. 

 The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, five rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and the motorcycle during this arrest, he added. 

 Olubodunde further said the troops responded to a distress call and successfully foiled a kidnap attempt within Zaki-Biam town in Zaki-Biam Local Government Area of Benue State.

During the intervention, the troops neutralised one kidnapper in a shootout with the criminals and recovered a beretta pistol with 4 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, he added.

 

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