- One police sergeant is killed in the ongoing offensive against militants in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas of Akwa Ibom state
- A staff of INEC who was rescued by security forces says he was abducted by two gunmen on motorbikes and taken into a bush in Ikot Akpan Ayara in Ukanafun local government of the state
- A lawmaker in the second republic, Junaid Mohammed, reacts to the recent invasion of the National Assembly and the eventual sacking of the ex-DSS boss, Lawan Daura
The Joint Task Force (JTF) battling criminal activities in Akwa Ibom state has rescued a staff of the INEC and seven other women who were being kept in kidnappers' den in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas of Akwa Ibom state by suspected militants.
The commissioner of police (CP) the state, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, who made the disclosure at the weekend, said one police sergeant had been killed in the ongoing offensive against militants in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas, Leadership reports.
“We lost one Sergeant in the operation and recovered some riffles including police and military uniforms, charms and other materials”, he said and urged the people to assist the Police with information to dislodge the criminals,” Ogunjemilusi said.
The INEC staff, who was reportedly kidnapped on June 5, said he was blindfolded and taken by two gunmen on motorbikes and taken into a bush in Ikot Akpan Ayara in Ukanafun local government area where he and others were fed only once a day with garri and soup, beans and rice.
“There is no farming activity around the bush that we were kept and they (the criminals) erected a canopy in the bush and always cooked the meal there and served us. Throughout my stay there for about two months, I was not allowed to talk to anyone and that is why I find it difficult to talk because my throat is not clear," he said.
“They only removed the veils from our eyes in the night where you cannot understand the geography of the area. I have not taken my bath, nor shaved or trim my hair since I was taken and this is the only cloth that I put since I was captured, he recounted his ordeal.
“Each time the kidnappers left for operation, they would ensure two heavily armed men were left to guard the den, but on the day, Saturday, August 18, 2018, when the JFT stormed the place, the one that guarded the camp got the signal and went to see what was coming.“Before he could rearrange himself, the Soldier fired first at him (the militants went flat on the ground, consulted his charms and amulet and disappeared before the JTF came to rescue us.”
The other freed captives were identified by the chairman of Ukanafun local government, Nnamso Idiong and his Etim Ekpo counterpart, who both commended the gallantry of the JTF operatives in their efforts to restore peace to their troubled councils.
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Idiong, said the seven rescued women were all seized from his village of Ikot Inyang Abia, by the gang leader simply identified by his operational name, ‘Englishman’.
Meanwhile, in another report, Junaid Mohammed, a second republic lawmaker, has alleged that some kinsmen of President Muhammadu Buhari are pressurising him to reinstate the sacked director general of the Department of State Services (DSS) Lawal Daura.
Recall that Daura was recently sacked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over the DSS invasion of the National Assembly. Mohammed, however, claimed in an interview with The Punch that some Buhari’s relatives want Daura reinstated.
He added that the kinsmen want Buhari to sack the National Security Adviser, Mungono.
The former lawmaker claimed the intrigues surrounding the sack and alleged move to reinstate Daura was an indication of how incompetent the presidency is.
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