The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that the Nigerian troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE have got rid of a notorious kidnap kingpin, Zwa Ikyegh, at Tomayin village in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, also said that the troops rescued 32 kidnapped victims some of whom have been in captivity for over a month.
Enenche, who said that the operation was executed on Thursday, added that other kidnappers escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
The statement read: “Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE recorded tremendous successes against Kidnap kingpins.
“Following credible intelligence on the activities of a notorious kidnap syndicate operating in the general area of Igbom village in Nenzev council ward of Logo LGA, troops of Sector 2 and 4, on July 16 carried out a raid operation on a suspected kidnappers den location at Tomayin village in Logo LGA of Benue State.
“The gallant troops responded with superior fire forcing the armed bandits to flee in disarray into the bushes. The determined troops engaged the criminal elements in hot pursuit, leading to the killing of one Zwa Ikyegh identified as the ring leader and others escaped with various degrees of gunshots wounds.
“The successful operation led to the rescue of 32 kidnapped victims, some of whom have been in captivity for over a month.”