JTF frees nine kidnap victims, arrests 10 suspected kidnappers in Delta

The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe said troops on Monday rescued nine kidnap victims abducted by gunmen on March 29 along Ugheli-Patani axis of the East-West road.

Commander of the joint military force deployed to Niger Delta, Rear Admiral John Okeke, confirmed the development on Monday.

Mr Okeke said that 10 suspected kidnappers were arrested in during the rescue of the victims which included an NYSC member and a navy rating.

“In continuation to ensure safety of lives and property in the Niger Delta Region, the gallant troops of the Joint Task Force South-South Operation Delta Safe comprising troops of Quick Response Force of Headquarters OPDS, Land, Maritime and Air Components on Monday, April 1, 2024, rescued nine kidnap victims. The freed victims were kidnapped on 29 March, 2024, along Patani-Ughelli Road in Delta State.

“During the rescue operation, 10 suspects in connection with the kidnap incident were arrested. Among the rescued victims is a naval rating and an NYSC member,” Mr Okeke said.

The JTF commander subsequently warned criminals within the Niger Delta region to desist from their activities as there would be no safe for them in the region, adding that troops would leave no stone unturned in ensuring a conducive environment for the safety of lives and property.

Mr Okeke also commended the troops for their gallantry and efforts on the rescue operation.

He urged the general public to always provide useful information to security agencies on criminal activities within their communities.


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