Army has said that troops of 14 Brigade Garrison, Ohafia, bursted a notorious kidnapping syndicate based in Nkporo community of Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.
In a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman on Tuesday, said that in the process, a kidnapped victim was rescued.
Among items recovered from the kidnappers include, two AK-47 rifles, nine AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with 124 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, one Pistol, two rounds of 9mm ammunition, two machetes and the sum of N5,490,000m, among other items.
The statement read: “Troops of 14 Brigade Garrison based in Ohafia, on Sunday 10th April conducted operation aimed and bursting a notorious kidnapping syndicate based in Nkporo community of Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.
“During the operation, the troops were able to rescued a Kidnapped victim who was earlier shot and kidnapped by his abductors at Aba on 6th April 2016.
“However one of the suspected kidnappers, Mr Chidiebere Sunday, was apprehended while two of his suspected accomplices escaped. One other member of the gang in a bid to evade arrest through the roof of their den fell from a roof, hit his head on the hard floor and died.
“The troops recovered the following items from the kidnappers; 2 AK-47 rifles, 9 AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with 124 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 1 Pistol, 2 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 2 machetes and the sum of Five Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira (N5,490,000.00) only. Other items recovered include a Toyota RAV4 jeep with registration number MUS 428 RZ, military camouflage jungle hat, 6 mobile telephone handsets, an iPad, Diamond Bank Debit Card, bunch of different keys, 2 empty bags and a wrap of suspected marijuana”, the statement said.