Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, have neutralized three bandits in Zaki Biam, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

The troops also rescued one Chimobi Omemma, an Igbo trader, who was kidnapped by bandits.

Confirming the incident, the Security Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom, Lt Col. Paul Hemba said “On the 24th May 2022 at about 1530hrs, one Ordue Kanga a.k.a Ordada and gang kidnapped one Omemma Chimobi Igbo by tribe in Zaki Biam Town.

“On a tip of information troops of sub-sector 2 Zaki Biam trailed the bandits through yam market road as they were looking for escape routes.

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“On sighting troops, the bandits opened fire from inside the red toyota corolla wagon but troops returned superior fire power and neutralised three of the bandits.

“kidnapped victim Omemma Chimobi was rescue in the vehicle.”

He said items recovered from the bandits include one Ak47 rifle, three loaded magazines, one Toyota Corolla Wagon, one desert camouflage, one woodland camouflage and handsets.