Troops of the Joint Military Force (JTF) deployed to the Niger Delta Operation Delta Safe, have foiled a kidnap attempt, freed two victims and arrested five suspected militants in multiple operations, according to a statement.
The statement, signed by Lt.-Cdr. Thomas Otuji, Deputy Spokesman, JTF, issued on Friday in Yenagoa, stated that five suspected militants were arrested in the operations by several components of the force in the past 10 days.
Otuji attributed the successes recorded to distress calls from members of the public.
‘’Several illegal refineries were also destroyed during the operations. Troops immediately swung into action and rescued the victims.
“One Mrs Vanessa Ilepi and Mrs Tega Okoro were kidnapped at gunpoint at Amukpe community in Warri.
“Effort is ongoing to apprehend the suspected kidnappers who escaped.
‘’A locally made single barrel gun was recovered from the arrested suspected kidnapper,’’ he said.