Nigerian soldiers arrest suspected kidnappers, reject N2 million bribe

THE Nigerian Army 6 brigades in Taraba The state says troopers attached to Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) Sector 3 have arrested two suspected kidnappers and rejected a N2 million bribe offered by the suspects.

The Acting Public Relations Officer of the brigade, Oni Olubodunde, said this in a statement issued in Jalingo on Tuesday.

He said Usman Ali, 25, and Abdulrahman Amadu, 28, offered a bribe to escape arrest, but the soldiers refused.

Mr. Olubodunde said the suspects were wanted for their alleged involvement in several cases of kidnappings in Wukari area of ​​the state.

“Following a tip-off, troops of Sub-Sector 3B OPWS of the 93rd Battalion, stationed at Forward Operating Base Wukari, carried out a well-planned raid in Chinkai village of Wukari Local Government Area.

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“This raid led to the arrest of two individuals identified as Usman Ali, aged 25, and Abdulrahman Amadu, aged 28.

“The suspects were on the wanted list of security agencies for their involvement in multiple kidnappings in Wukari and its environs.

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“Upon arrest, the suspects attempted to bribe the troops with N2 million to release them. However, the soldiers categorically refused the bribe, emphasizing their commitment to justice and integrity.

“The suspects were also heard stating that if money failed to secure their freedom, their associates would resort to armed means to free them.

The statement also revealed that in a separate operation in Ibi Local Government Area, troops stationed at Sarikin Kudu arrested four more suspected kidnappers: Jafaru Banyi, 28, Mohammad Ardo, 25, Amadu Shatta, 20 years old and Biyu Ardu, 25 years old.

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“These captured suspects are linked to numerous high-profile kidnappings in the region, targeting both locals and foreigners for ransom and have long been under the surveillance of security agencies.

“The Commander of 6 Brigade/Sector 3 OPWS, Kingsley Chidebere, a Brigadier General, has since commended the troops for their courage and unwavering commitment to ethical standards.

“He stressed that the successful arrest of these suspects demonstrates the diligent efforts and dedication of the soldiers, highlighting their refusal to accept bribes as a clear demonstration of their professionalism and integrity,” Mr. .Olubodunde.

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