Troops Neutralise Three Terrorists, Police Rescue Kidnapped Kaduna Priest

The insurgents were neutralised during clearance operation in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A combination of file photos of the map of Kaduna State and a gun recovered from crime suspects.


Troops of One Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army and Operation Whirl Punch have neutralised three suspected terrorists during clearance operation in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A statement by the acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations of One Mechanised Division, Lt Colonel Musa Yahaya, said the troops encountered the terrorists while on a clearance operation at Maidaro, Ngade, Ahla and Rikau Villages in Birnin Gwari Local Government on Sunday.

He said that the terrorists on sighting the troops, took the their heels, and the troops pursued and neutralised two among them, while the rest escaped with gunshot wounds and abandoned one motorcycle.

Similarly, the troops neutralised another terrorist during a discreet operation around Tantatu and Antena general area in the Chikun Local Government. During the operation, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, one AK magazine, ammunitions and two phones.

Meanwhile, Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have rescued a Catholic priest in the Jema’a Local Government Area of the state.

According to the spokesman for the Command, ASP Mansir Hassan, the victim, Reverend Andrew Amana of St Francis Catholic Church Godo-godo, was abducted by gunmen on November 3 and whisked to an unknown destination.

He said that on getting a distress call about the abduction, police operatives
in conjunction with local vigilantes trailed the gunmen to their hideout in the vast Dogon kurmi forest where a gun duel ensued.

During the process, the security operatives dislodged the hoodlums and rescued the abducted cleric unhurt.

The police spokesman disclosed that two suspects, Lawal Muhammad aged 27 and 30-year-old Ya’u Hussain both of Datti and Dogon Kurmi villages were arrested in connection with the abduction of the Catholic priest.

Equally, an AK-47 rifle loaded with two rounds of live 7.62 X 39mm ammunition was recovered from the said suspects.

A preliminary investigation by the police reveals that the motive of the bandits who abducted the reverend father was basically financial, since a four million naira ransom has already been agreed with the family of the victim before they were dislodged and arrested by the police.

The Command while stating that two of the bandits escaped with bullet wounds, however appealed to the public around the area where the incident occurred, to be on the watch for any person or persons nursing suspected bullet injuries and report same to the closest Police station or any other security outfit.