From Noah Ebije, Kaduna 

A patrol team from 1 Division of the Nigerian Army have dislodged bandits on the Kaduna- Birnin-Gwari Expressway and rescued 30 kidnapped victims in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Spokesperson of the 1 Div., Lt.Col Musa Yahaya, said the troops, yesterday, had an engagement with the armed bandits kidnapping commuters at Manini village, along Kaduna – Birnin Gwari road.  

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He said: “The troops, who were escorting the Chief of Defence, Training and Operations, Maj Gen. S.E. Udonwa, who was on operational visits to Operation Whirl Punch Headquarters in Birnin Gwari, engaged the bandits and overpowered  them, forcing the criminal element to withdraw in disarray.

“The gallant troops rescued 30 kidnapped victims, recovered two motorcycles and immediately cleared the highway for free flow of vehicular traffic. The rescued victims were escorted to Udawa and Birnin Gwari to continue their journey.

“The Chief of Defence, Training and Operations, Maj. Gen. S.E. Udonwa, has commended the troops for their professionalism and resilience,” he said.