The troops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed 74 illegal refineries and some camps belonging to kidnappers and militants in Bayelsa and Rivers States.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday that the troops of the 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, carried out the operation during the ongoing “Operation Crocodile Smile.”
Usman said that the troops destroyed the illegal refineries and the kidnappers with the use of ‘swan buggy and other specialist equipment.’
Usman also aid that troops of the 34 Artillery Brigade involved in the operations raided two hideouts of kidnappers and killed two of the kingpins in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State on Thursday.
He identified one of the killed kidnap kingpins as Chigozie alias Chi Boy.
He said the kidnappers’ camps in Umuobi and Umudike Forests belonged to ‘De-Welk and De-Gbam’ cult groups in the area.
He added that “quite a number of the gang members were believed to have escaped with gun shot wounds.”
According to him, the troops recovered military uniforms, telephones and household items from the hoodlums.
The Acting Army Spokesman also said the troops of Sub Sector Bravo raided other hideouts of suspected kidnappers on Wednesday following a tip off at Akupoku community but made no arrest.