Troops engage kidnapers in gun duel, rescue victim, Dr Maxwell Ayim in Enugu

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Troops of 103 Battalion (Rear) of 82 Division Nigerian Army Presently on Operation UDO KA II have rescued a kidnap victim, Dr Maxwell Ayim along Road Four Corner-Agbogwe in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The operation, according to a statement issued on Friday by the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Jonah Unuakhalu, said the rescue followed a gun battle between the troops and the gunmen.

Unuakhalu noted that the troops deployed at the Udi checkpoint received a distress call on Thursday on the activities of the assailants. He said the troops responded promptly to the call, leading to the gun duel between the military officers and the kidnappers.

The statement reads, “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 Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II also called on the law-abiding and good citizens of the state and the Southeast region in general not to relent in providing timely, credible and reliable Information to help the security operatives fight insecurity in the region.

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