Kidnapped NYSC member, Navy rating, and seven others rescued by Nigerian troops

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, says its troops on Monday, April 1, rescued nine kidnap victims abducted by gunmen on 29 March along the Ugheli-Patani axis of the East-West road.

The Commander of the joint military force deployed to the Niger Delta, John Okeke, said the victims included an NYSC member and a Navy rating.

He added that 10 suspected kidnappers were arrested in the process of rescuing the victims.

Okeke said: “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 (OPDS), comprising troops of Quick Response Force (QRF) 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. Amongst the rescued victims is a Naval Rating and an NYSC member.”

The JTF Commander subsequently warned criminal elements within the Niger Delta region to desist from their nefarious activities as there will be no haven for them in the region.

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

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