The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of three kidnap suspects and a soldier in Kogi during the rescue of Momoh Jimoh, oil magnate, on Tuesday.
Weri Finikumor, spokesman of the command army records, told NAN that some of the suspected kidnappers have been arrested and helping the military in its investigations.
Finikumor assured residents that operation “exercise cat race” was ongoing to curtail criminality and boost security in the state.
He said that the army would make details of the exercise public as soon as it was concluded.
The soldier and three suspected kidnappers died in Okene area of Kogi on Febeuary 26 during a gun duel between some soldiers and a gang of kidnappers.
Otinau, chairman of Always Petroleum and Gas, based in Okene was kidnapped in front of a mosque in the town, while relaxing with friends, on February 17.
A relation of the kidnapped victim who has been negotiating with the kidnappers was said to have informed soldiers believed to be part of those prosecuting “exercise cat race” of his intention to go and drop a ransom for the kidnappers.
The soldiers then decided to follow him with the intention to rescue the victim and arrest the suspects.
This, however, proved fatal as the kidnappers on sighting the relation approaching the designated point with the armed soldiers immediately opened fire on them.
In the exchange of gunshots that followed, a soldier and three suspected kidnappers lost their lives while Otinau also sustained gunshot injury.
A source at the General Hospital, Lokoja, also confirmed to reporters that the corpse of the soldier was deposited at the morgue.
Bike man loses his private part after dropping passenger
In Lagos, a bike man has held down a passenger who reportedly made his private part disappear » after touching him with a magical ring.
This was captured in a video fast circulating online media. The incident occurred on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, in Omole Phase 2, Ikeja according to an IG post.
The victim » places a firm grip on the waist of a man believed to be passenger. He seemed determined not to let him go.
A motorist who witnessed the development was heard in the clip asking questions about how his manhood came to be missing.
Boko Haram hits another military base in Borno
Soldiers and members of the Boko Haram sect are currently engaged in a gun battle at a military location in Damasak, Borno state.
The insurgents reportedly launched an attack on a military base in the area around 5pm on Wednesday.
A military source said the insurgents stormed the town with anti-air craft guns, bombs and other weapons.
Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, has confirmed the attack, saying soldiers are on top of the situation.
The incident comes less than a week after Boko Haram fighters struck at a military location in Gudumbali, Guzamala local government area.
Some witnesses said soldiers were killed in the attack but the army denied losing anyone.
In its renewed campaign of violence, the insurgents have been carrying out attacks on military locations in the north-east.
Commenting on this Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to the leadership of the sect, said Boko Haram had been overrunning military formations and piling up arms for something “big”.
“The insurgents are busy piling up arms, by overrunning one military base, after another, for something “big” and what could that be?” he had tweeted last week.
Salkida added that in the history of insurgency in Nigeria, no year has been as bad as 2018 in terms of the killing of military personnel by Boko Haram fighters.
Catholic priest shot dead in Imo
Jude Egbuom, a Catholic priest, has been murdered in Nkwerre local government area of Imo state.
According to PUNCH, Egbuom, who was the presiding priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish in Amucha, Njaba LGA, was attackedat a barber’s shop where he had gone to have a hair cut around 8pm on Monday.
The armed attackers reportedly demanded his car keys and when he resisted, he was shot alongside an unidentified young man who was with him.
“The circumstances surrounding the killing of the priest indicated that it was a case of armed robbery,” a native of the community was quoted to have said.
“It could not have been a case of assassination, who did the gentle priest offend? He was from our community, Nkwerre and was doing his missionary work at Njaba, a nearby LGA. ”
Confirming the attack, Andrew Enwerem, police spokesman in the state, said Dasuki Galadanchi, commissioner of police, has deployed the tactical unit of the command to investigate the killings.
“The incident is confirmed. Rev Fr.Jude Egbuom of St Patrick’s Catholic parish Amucha was murdered last night,” he said.
“Another person whose identity had yet to be known was also killed by the hoodlums. The priest was in his priestly regalia when they shot him dead.”
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