–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA):
NIGERIAN troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn under Sector 3, on Sunday, foiled an attempt to kidnap the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Reverend Augustine Ukwuoma.
Our correspondent reports that the incident occurred at the Orlu Diocesan Catholic Secretariat, BSC Road, Orlu Imo State.
The Army statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relation, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu reads:
“The troops in response to a distress call at about 2:30am on Sunday 31 October 2021, swiftly moved to the scene forcing the assailants to take to their heels thereby abandoning their mission.
“The Bishop, his Secretary and Assistant Secretary are safe and unhurt.
“Troops will continue to deny freedom of action to the members of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) and other criminal gangs operating within the sector especially as the elections in Anambra State draws nearer and during the yuletide season.
“Members of the public are advised to report suspicious movement of criminals as well as hide out of the outlawed IPOB/ESN to law enforcement agencies as the group is only out to intimidate, steal and kidnap for ransom law-abiding citizens.”
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