Nigeria Police Rescue 14 Kidnapped Oil Workers After Gun Battle

The Rivers Police Command said it has rescued 14 oil workers abducted by unknown gunmen on Sept. 2 along Elele-Omoku road.

The command`s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, a DSP, said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the workers were freed in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr. Omoni said the Command`s Tactical Units, engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle, which lasted for one and half hours, to rescue the victims.

“The Oil Workers were rescued unhurt due largely to the efforts of the Command’s Tactical Units, who, at the early hours of Sept. 18,engaged the hoodlums, in a fierce gun battle which lasted for one and half hours, leading to the rescue of the victims.

“The hoodlums took to flight abandoning their hostages. Efforts are on to arrest and bring them to justice,” he said.

Mr. Omoni said no ransom was paid to rescue the workers.

“They have been debriefed and are receiving medical attention in the hospital.

“Investigation is on-going at the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit,” he said.

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At Least 105 Nigerian Soldiers, Commanding Officer Feared Missing After Fierce Gun Battle With Boko Haram- Report

Premium Times reports that at least 105 soldiers of the 157 Battalion, including their commanding officer, are feared missing after they came under intense attack from Boko Haram insurgents at Gudunbali, Borno State, on Wednesday, military sources say.

According to one of our sources, the terrorists also captured a T-72 tank as well as several artillery weapons from the unit.

“Gudunbali was attacked this morning and some weapons were captured from the battalion. Two officers and 105 soldiers are still missing,” our source said.

“They captured a T-72 tank from the unit and some artillery weapons were also captured. The commanding Officer (CO) of the battalion is yet to be seen but no one has been confirmed dead yet,” the source added.

Another source however said the T-72 tank was recovered after a prolonged fight with Boko Haram insurgents. The gunner and tank commander were injured in the process, he said.

Also reportedly captured by the insurgents were eight vehicles, a truck loaded with 60,000 rounds of AA ammunition and three artillery pieces.

Similarly, soldiers of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) stationed at Baga, Borno State also recently came under attack. The attack occurred in Geringiwa at about four kilometres to the headquarters of MNJTF.

According to a source, the military has been unable to completely clear the insurgents from Baga and nearby towns due to inadequate equipment.

Source explained that the equipment recently provided by the military hierarchy were inadequate and were not enough to go round to all units involved in the war against the insurgents.

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FESTAC: How Security Operatives Engaged Vandals In Gun Battle Yesterday

Pandemonium broke out yesterday at the FESTAC Town, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State as suspected oil thieves engaged Security operatives in a fierce gun battle. The gun duel which lasted for about 30 minutes sent shivers to residents who scampered for safety.

It was gathered that at about 6.30am, the Police received information that some hoodlums were seen in a carnal at the 7th Avenue, FESTAC Town and  suspecting that the hoodlums were armed robbers, quickly mobilized and sent a distress call to the Army Headquarters who drafted their men to join the Police.

The joint military and Police team stormed the Carnal where the hoodlums opened fire on them and the Security team engaged them in a fierce gun battle.

Residents who heard the gun shots ran for cover as they thought it was a similar attack on banks by armed bandits as witnessed recently in the area.

A resident, Chisom Nkemdilim said that she was taking her children to the School when she started hearing gun shots. “My brother, I remembered what happened about two months ago in FESTAC Town when armed robbers raided the place and eventually killed mother and child, so I had to advise myself and returned home  with my children. As I was speeding home, I saw other people running helter skelter. It was just a few minutes ago that I got the true picture of what really happened. I was told the Police and soldiers engaged pipeline vandals in a gun battle at 7th Avenue. That place is a notorious enclave for criminals”

A witness, Bielose Maduka said, “I thought it was even war as I saw soldiers and Police shooting. I was so scared that I had to relocate my family to a friend’s place for fear of stray bullets. It was in the radio that I later heard that it was a shoot out between the security agents and oil thieves. I am thinking of relocating my family from FESTAC Town to another place. FESTAC Town has now become a den of criminals. Life is no more interesting”

A Police source at the FESTAC Town Police Division said that that the Police got intelligence report that the Pipeline vandals were planning to siphon fuel at 7th Avenue through the carnal “We quickly contacted the military who assisted us in chasing the hoodlums away. We did not lose any of our team members but the hoodlums escaped with bullet injuries. You know the vandals attacked our gun boat at the Epe area but we have recovered it and we are fixing it. The oil thieves are now hungry and desperate because security operatives have taken over their depot in Arepo, Ogun State. We knew that FESTAC  Town was their next target after they failed in Epe. Now, we know their next target and we are ready for them. We thank the soldiers who are now assisting us in this war”

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Soldiers In Gun Battle With Boko Haram Suspects In Kaduna

A soldier was feared killed in the early hours of Monday during a gun battle between the military and two Boko Haram suspects at Ungwan Keke-B, near Danbushiya suburb in Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna, residents of the area told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday morning.

Witnesses who pleaded anonymity said the suspects, two brothers, moved to the area and lived in a rented apartment three years ago.

“We never knew that they are Boko Haram people.

“We just sighted a team of military personnel cordon the house, then gun shots filled the air at about 11:56 p.m. which led to their escape and the killing of one soldier after several hours of shooting.

According to witnesses, although the two Boko Haram suspects, whose names could not be ascertained, escaped, their wives were arrested by the security operatives after the gun battle that left their building shattered.

“One of the suspect got married to his wife who is from Bauchi eight days ago and brought her to Kaduna. Two of the wives have been taken away by the soldiers,” the witnesses said.

The Village Head of Keke B, Suleiman Mohammed, ?who confirmed the incident to journalists said he started hearing gun shots at about 1 a.m.

“The team of security operatives later announced that the neighbours should all come out of their houses and ordered them to leave the area,” he said.

The house was completely deserted, there were blood stains on the floor, but the security operatives had left the area when a PREMIUM TIMES correspondent left the vicinity Monday morning.

Efforts to reach the Deputy Director Army Public Relation  of the 1 Army Division Kaduna, Abdul Usman, failed as his phone lines were unavailable. He is yet to respond to a text message sent to him.

The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has caused the death of over 20,000 people with hundreds of thousands still displaced mainly in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.

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