Gunmen Kill Military Officers, Kidnap Wife, Mother and other Casualties
A dangerous pattern seems to have emerged with Military Officers and Soldiers at the receiving end of unknown gunmen and kidnappers across the country, according to situation reports obtained.
This is coming as two officers with one killed and his family abducted, while another was kidnapped without any trace and other through attack by Boko Haram terrorists all happened in less than 24 hours.
The first incident occurred at about 6.30pm on Sunday, July 05, 2020 when an Officer, a Lieutenant with the 6 Division Nigerian Army Port Harcourt was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at the GRA general area of the Rivers State Capital, South South Nigeria.
PRNigeria gathered that despite efforts made by the troops throughout the Sunday night/early hours of Monday, July 06, yielded no results.
“Effort was made by own troops to locate the perpetrators throughout the night but they are yet to be found. We should all the praying to God for intervention,” a concerned source said.
The need for prayers became more evident as a similar incident took place at about 6.20am on Monday, July 6, 2020 along the Lokoja-Okene Road, Kogi State, North Central Nigeria.
According to the situation report, unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers shot at motorists along Okene – Lokoja road close to Mark’s Farm.
The target was an Officer, an Army Captain (name withheld) from Nigerian Army Cantonment Ojo, Lagos, who was travelling in a private car on transit from Lagos to Jaji and was shot dead while his mother and wife were abducted by the ‘hoodlums’.
Also, sources revealed that other officers who were on convoy with him maneuverer to escaped the attack.
“Meanwhile efforts are ongoing by own troops to rescue the victims and apprehend the perpetrators while the corpse of the deceased officer has been deposited at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja,” the source said.
In a related development, an officer was killed and two soldiers wounded in Mainok, Borno State, by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) of Boko Haram terrorists.
The incident, which occurred around 9.30pm on Monday, July 06, 2020, involved the troops of 198 Special Force Battalion of Operation Lafiya Dole who were on a special operation against the terrorists.
Following the encounter with the IEDs, an officer, a 2nd Lieutenant was killed while two soldiers were injured in the process.
A source confirmed that the soldiers wounded in action are being stabilised and receiving treatment while maintaining that the morale of the soldiers remain high.