The Joint Task Force, JTF, operating in the Niger Delta, has said its troops freed two kidnap victims inside Bayelsa creeks, where they were kept. One of the captives sustained gunshot injury during a shootout between the kidnappers and soldiers, who raided creeks in Brass and Ekeremor local government areas of the state.
Suleman Apochi, a Naval Rear Admiral and commander of JTF, briefed journalists, adding that arms and ammunition were recovered from the kidnappers. The items found in the creeks are three AK 47 riffles, three pistols, a medium calibre 12 mm gun as well as several rounds of ammunition.
One of the freed victims, Sulaiman Yinusa, was kidnapped at Abonima in Rivers while returning from a business trip to Aba.
He said he had spent 50 days in the creeks where their abductors kept them.
Yinusa said: “I remain eternally grateful to God for my rescue by the joint military force, it was God’s making, they had killed many hostages before two of us were freed, especially those that their relations cannot come up with the ransom demanded.
“They had demanded N10 million and my people cannot even raise N1 million, they negotiated ransom down to N100,000 but my people could not raise the money.
“They had told me that I will be killed today Wednesday (but) as God would have it we were freed last Sunday, that is God at work, I am so proud of Nigerian military,” the elated victim said.