Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu has confirmed the rescue of a kidnapped victim, named, Dr Maxwell Ayim, by the troops of 103 Battalion (Rear) on Operation UDO KA II along Four Corner-Agbogwe in Udi Local Government Area.
According to a statement issued by the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Jonah Unuakhalu, the rescue followed a gun battle between the troops and the gunmen.
Unuakhalu stated that the operation was sequel to a distress call on the activities of the assailants, which the troops promptly responded to leading to the gun battle.
He said: “The rescue operation was conducted when troops deployed at the Udi checkpoint received a distress call on the incident.
“On arrival, troops came in contact with the kidnappers.
“However, due to troops’ superior fire, members of the criminal gang fled in disarray with gunshot wounds into the nearby bushes.
“The gallant troops during further exploitation of the gang’s withdrawal route found the victim abandoned.
“Troops proceeded to rescue the victim. He has since been reunited with his family after preliminary medical checks.”
According to the statement, the army also called on the law-abiding and good citizens of the state and the South-East region in general not to relent in providing timely, credible and reliable Information to help the security operatives fight insecurity in the region.