Troops of 6 Brigade/Sector 3 Operation WHIRL STROKE have cleared a terrorists’ camp and rescued kidnapped victims in Taraba.

In a statement on X, the Nigerian Army said the operation was carried out between 27 – 29 April 2024 and led to the recovery of arms and ammunition.

It said the operation was aimed at eliminating the threat posed by terrorists instigating fear and chaos in Taraba State.

“Troops from the 93 Battalion Sub-Sector 3B OPWS, stationed at Fikyu on 29 April 2024, swiftly responded to reports of suspected terrorists firing sporadically in the Pukun area of Fikyu in Ussa Local Government Area.

“The troops engaged them with superior firepower, forcing their retreat. Further search of the area led to the recovery of 1 AK 47 Magazine with 10 rounds of 7.62MM special ammunition.

“Additionally, troops deployed at Kufai Amadu and Kasuwan Haske, in collaboration with troops from Sub-Sector 1A OPWS, acted on intelligence regarding the hideout of terrorists in Vingir Village of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, Benue State,” it said.

According to the statement, the terrorists were engaged with superior firepower, leading to their withdrawal in disarray.

It said the troops arrested a suspected kidnapper named Dogo Manu, who was found in possession of 2 Tecno mobile phones and N40,000.

“A search of their camp resulted in the recovery of 1 AK-47 rifle. Furthermore, the troops successfully secured the release of kidnapped victims, Dr. James Raphael and his son, in Gbeji, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

“In another development, troops of 20 Model Battalion Sub-Sector 3A OPWS, while on night Patrol around Gangdanbana and Kwanar Maliki in Bali Local Government Area on 27 April 2024 apprehended one Junaidu Isiaka with 4 sacks of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa,” it added.

According to the statement, the suspect had been on the watchlist of the security agencies for his involvement in illegal drugs deal and supplies to terrorists and other criminal elements operating within the general area.

It said the operation highlights the commitment and dedication of troops in combating terrorism and all forms of the criminalities while ensuring the safety and security of the citizens.