By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
The troops of 32 Artillery Brigade, deployed in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state have apprehended five kidnappers known to have been terrorizing locals in that general area.
According to Assistant Director Army Public Relations 32 Artillery Brigade Akure, Captain Victor Olukoya said the troops made the arrest when they carried out a raid operation on Tuesday at about 1:00am, on the kidnappers hideout at Jugbere village in Owo LGA.
The operation was based on a tip off, that suspected kidnappers had kidnapped 9 farmers in a farm belonging to one Mr Godwin Ugu.
During the raid operation, according to Army spokesman, troops were able to rescue 5 of the hostages while 4 others escaped from the kidnappers den.
The rescued hostages and some of the suspects who sustained minor injuries are presently undergoing first aid treatment at the 32 Artillery Brigade Medical Centre.
Items recovered from the hoodlums include, one Dane gun, one Axe, two Cutlasses, eight live cartridges, one handset, and three ring charms.
The 32 Artillery Brigade spokesman however said the suspects will be handed over to the appropriate security agency at the conclusion of their preliminary investigation.
He said, “The commander 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Zakari Logun Abubakar has ordered for intense patrol to be carried out in both Ekiti and Ondo states to rid the states of hoodlums.
“The commander thanks the members of the public and further appeal to the law abiding citizens to please avail the Army, police and other security agencies with useful and timely information, that will lead to arrest of other perpetrators of evil in the states”.
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