By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Nigerian Army says it has arrested Victory Benjamin, a high profile militant kingpin in Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River State while trying to collect money from a relation of one of his kidnapped victims.
Benjamin, known by his aliases, ‘Abuja Daddy’ and ‘G3’ was arrested by troops from the 13 Brigade, 82 Division at Saint Joseph Hospital located at Ikot Ene junction in Akpabuyo which is less than 20 kilometres from Calabar the state’s capital a statement from Army spokesman, Sani Usman issued Saturday, said.
Also, two militants were arrested at the refugee camp in Efut Esighi while robbing victims with one locally made pistols and some cartridges recovered from them, the Army said.
Furthermore, the Army said that its troops have cordoned off the residence of ‘G1’ whom it described as “most wanted” with the two arrested; ‘G2’ and ‘G3’ currently providing useful information that may assist in the tracking down of other criminals elements in the region.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Cross River State, ASP Irene Itohan also confirmed to CrossRiverWatch on phone that ‘G2’ has also been arrested. She said the arrest led to a shootout between the criminals and “Our men”, adding that the criminals have confessed to crimes she declined to state.
Cross River State earlier in the year saw an upsurge in crime with kidnappings and abduction indices rising astronomically as well as dare devil robberies which were eventually checked by what the state called “Operation Show of Force” that saw the military and paramilitary forces join with the Police in an all out approach to flush out the criminal elements.
To further strengthen the security machinery, the Governor Ben Ayade’s administration recently signed the Homeland Security and Safety Agency bill into law and when the Army hierarchy visited, begged them to feed Kidnapper to Crocodiles if they have the opportunity.
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