Operatives of the Joi
nt Military Task Force (JTF), popularly called ‘Operation Pulo Shield’ have rescued four members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who were kidnapped last Thursday, at Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers State.
Operatives of the JTF, also assisted by men of the state command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), at the weekend rescued two widows, Mrs. Mary Bob and Mrs. Comfort Bob from the hands of their abductors.
This was even as the men of the VGN have arrested a suspected kidnapper, Gift James, who was alleged to be involved in the abduction of the two widows and wives of late Thompson Bob of Ihuaba community of Ahoada East local government area of the state.
Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Akuku-Toru local government area, Hon. Charles Benibo, who confirmed the rescue of the four NYSC members, said no ransom was paid before they were rescued.
Also, speaking with newsmen at Ahoada town, headquarters of Ahoada-East local government area , the commandant of the VGN in Ahoada-East, Mr. Justine Ayah, said nine suspected kidnappers had on May 25, 2014, invaded the residence of late Bob in Ihuaba community at about 3 am and whisked away the two widows, Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Comfort Thompson Bob.
Ayah disclosed that the kidnappers had asked the family of their victims for a N20 million ransom and added that the hoodlums only reduced the ransom to N18 million when the family of their victims maintained that they could only pay N3 million for the late Bob’s widows to be released.
Explaining that his men were grounded in 23 local government areas of the state, the commandant stated that they were able to discover that the kidnappers were from the same community with the widows.