Kidnapping in Nigeria: Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, Saturday, February 19th, 2022 made a huge breakthrough when they rescued 8 persons from kidnappers’ den.
The rescued locals who hail from Agasha town in Guma local government area were kidnapped on their farms by herdsmen on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.
Nathaniel Ikyur, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom in a statement disclosed that the victims had spent over three days with their abductors before their rescue.
He said the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Lt. Col Paul Hemba (rtd) who briefed the governor on the successful rescue operation explained that the gallantry of troops from Operation Whirl Stroke who made contact with the kidnappers at Gbekyor led to an exchange of gunfire with the perpetrators and overpowered them.
He maintained that the superior firepower of the soldiers overwhelmed the kidnappers who fled in disarray, leaving behind the kidnapped victims.
Those rescued by the soldiers include Philip Akpage, 56yr-old, Aondokula Ijah, 30; Mrs. Kwadoo Takada, 60; Mrs. Kwakuma Asongu, 55; Mrs. Agnes Ornguze, 54; Mrs. Yanguchan Tiv, 45; Mrs. Kwadoo Mtomga, 45 and Mrs. Mnembe Terlumum, 30.
The victims have been reunited with their families.
kidnapping, also spelled kidnaping, criminal offense consisting of the unlawful taking and carrying away of a person by force or fraud or the unlawful seizure and detention of a person against his will. The principal motives for kidnapping are to subject the victim to some form of involuntary servitude, to expose him to the commission of some further criminal act against his person, or to obtain ransom for his safe release.
More recently, Kidnapping in Nigeria for the purpose of extortion has become a tactic of political revolutionaries or terrorists seeking concessions from a government. In all countries it is considered a grave offense punishable by a long prison sentence or death.
In earlier times kidnapping meant carrying a person away to another country for involuntary servitude. It also referred to the practices of impressing males into military service (also known as crimping) by fraudulent inducement or force and of shanghaiing merchant seamen in port cities.