BREAKING:Military give the update on what they have done so far,We’ve killed 166 kidnappers, arrested 216 in 2020.
The Nigerian military said 166 kidnappers were killed while 216 others were arrested in the first quarter of 2020, noting that about 108 kidnap victims were also rescued.
According to Punch the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, Air Vice- Marshal Mohammed Usman, stated this in Abuja on Monday.
The military chief spoke during a lecture he delivered at a retreat organised by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Defence in collaboration with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre and the National Defence College.
Usman said, “Kidnapping, which hitherto was predominant in the South-South and South-East, is now a phenomenon across the country, particularly in the North-West zone. Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara are the worst affected states in the zone.
“The criminals now employ kidnapping as their modus operandi to generate funds for their activities. Nevertheless, security forces have continued to embark on aggressive clearance operations to deny the kidnappers freedom of action.
“In this first quarter of 2020, 108 kidnap victims were rescued, while 166 kidnappers were killed and 216 others arrested.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajide Benson, said the retreat was organised to equip members of the committee with the necessary knowledge to carry out their duties in the Defence sector.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was the special guest of honour, said the National Assembly was working on an alternative funding for the military to enhance its performance.