Troops of One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army have dislodged bandits and rescued 30 kidnapped victims in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Musa Yahaya, in a statement said the troops engaged the bandits who were kidnapping commuters along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road.
"A fighting patrol from 1 Div on Thursday, 2 February 2023 had a meeting engagement with armed bandits kidnapping commuters at Manini village along Kaduna - Birnin Gwari road, the statement read.
"The troops who were escorting the the Chief of Defence Training and Operations Maj Gen SE Udonwa who was on operational visits to Operation Whirl Punch Headquarters in Birnin Gwari engaged the bandits and overpowered them forcing the criminal element to withdraw in disarray. The gallant troops rescued 30 kidnapped victims, recovered 2 motorcycles and immediately cleared the highway for free flow of vehicular traffic. The rescued victims were escorted to Udawa and Birnin Gwari to continue their journey.
The Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj Gen SE Udonwa, has commended the troops for their professionalism and resilience."
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