HEADLINE | Posted: Friday, February 9, 2024

Troops nab female kidnapper attempting to pick ransom in Taraba State


roops of 93 Battalion, 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Jalingo, Taraba State, have apprehended a suspected female while trying to pick ransom for a kidnapped victim in Taraba.

In a statement issued by Acting Assistant Director, 6 Brigade Army Public Relations, Lt. Olubodunde Oni, the female kidnapper named Janet Igohia was arrested after picking up N1.5 million.

Oni said that Igohia got married to a notorious criminal who is a second-in-command to the late Hana Terwase.

The statement added suspected notorious gunrunner, Joshua Dutse Idah, who supplies arms and ammunition to criminals in Taraba state.was trailed to Ibi town, in Ibi local government area of the state while en route to Katsina state for supply and nabbed.

The 45-year-old Idah was arrested in a Blue Volkswagen Sharon vehicle, with registration number Rivers SKN-390AA.

He said, “On interrogation, Dutse confessed he was going to Katsina State to bring in AK 47 Rifles and that he received part payment of 300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira).

“After a thorough search on the vehicle, troops recovered 1 PK Machine Gun, Quantity 399 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition, and 3 AK 47 Rifle Magazines.

“Additionally, troops deployed at Mararaba Baissa community of Donga Local Government Area apprehended 2 other suspected Gunrunners who were allegedly involved in extrajudicial killings and cattle rustling with the sum of 664,000 (Six Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand Naira) which were proceeds from their illegal activities and 2 Techno mobile phones.

“Also, on 25 January 2024, information was received from own sources on the activities of extremist groups and Insurgents around Chanchanji and Sai communities on their plans to move to a drop zone where relatives of abducted victims were directed to drop ransom money.

“Based on this information, troops deployed at Chanchanji laid in wait at the suspected area and at about 10:00 am, Janet Igohia age 31 was arrested after picking up the sum of one million, five hundred thousand naira (N1,500,000.00) only being ransom payment for an abducted victim.”

Lt. Oni further said the Brigade is committed to ensuring the safety of all residents of Taraba, adding that the Troops are fully charged to dismantle all criminal networks operating in the state.

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