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Troops of the 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, in a combined operation with operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have killed a notorious kidnap kingpin, Otobong Moses, popularly called Otoabasi, while raiding a kidnappers’ hideout in Obon Ebot, Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

In the raid operation on Wednesday, the security team also rescued two kidnap victims and arrested two members of the deadly gang.

According to the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Captain Samuel Akari, the raid was a result of sustained surveillance on the activities of the notorious kingpin and his syndicate.

“The first phase of the operations was conducted on May 12. During the operations, troops raided the criminals’ hideout, but on sighting the troops, the criminals abandoned their hideout and fled.

“The gallant troops rescued the kidnapped victims and arrested two collaborators of the criminal kingpin, while the shrine, hideout, and assorted charms were set ablaze by the troops,” he said.

He added that further investigation revealed that the criminal gang is known for terrorising the locals, kidnapping, killing, and burying their victims, who do not do their biddings in shallow graves.

The team recovered one Sub Machine Gun and magazine, 67 rounds of 9mm ammunition, two motorcycles, 16 mobile phones, one AK 47 rifle magazine with 30 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, and nine machetes.

Other items recovered include two Military monkey jackets, one helmet strapped with a Military camouflage uniform, two pairs of Military camouflage uniforms, one Military Police beret, one Police camouflage face cap, one Military pullover, an ATM card, two TV sets, a standing fan, decoder, and four generator sets.

Meanwhile, he admonished those hell-bent on disturbing the peace enjoyed in the State to desist or prepare to face the wrath of the law.

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