According to reports, one Mr Otobong Moses alias Oto Abasi, “a notorious kidnapper and gang leader” in Akwa Ibom state, has been killed by gallant troops of the Nigerian Army.
He was allegedly killed in a raid executed by troops of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as other security agencies.
According to a statement issued by army spokesperson, Akari Idereghi, the raid took place at Obong Ebot community in Etim Ekpo LGA of Akwa Ibom State “at the early hours of Wednesday 18 May 2022.”
“The raid operation was the result of ongoing observation of the notorious kidnap kingpin and his syndicate’s activities,” the statement continued.
“The first phase of the operations was conducted on 12 May 2022. During the operations, troops raided the criminals hideout but on sighting the troops the criminals abandoned their hideout and fled. The gallant troops rescued the kidnapped victims and arrested two collaborators of the criminal kingpin while the shrine, hideout and assorted charms were set ablaze by the troops.
“Further investigation revealed that the criminal gang is known for terrorising the locals, kidnapping, killing and burying their victims who do not do their biddings in shallow graves in the general area.
“One Sub Machine Gun and magazine, 67 rounds of 9MM ammunition, two motorcycles, 16 cellphones, one AK 47 rifle magazine with 30 rounds of 7.62MM Special ammunition, nine machetes, two military monkey jackets, and one helmet strapped with military camouflage uniform were among the items recovered from the raid.”
Additionally, two sets of military camouflage uniforms, one military police beret, one police camouflage face hat, one military pullover, ATM card, two TV sets, a standing fan, decoder, and four generator sets were also recovered from the criminals.
Source: Channels TV.