Troops of Operation ACCORD are searching the forest areas of the land between Olams and Alheri Camp on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway for bandits who escaped from the exchange of fire between the Operations THUNDER STRIKE troops and a group of notorious armed bandits who attempted to kidnap passengers and driver of a grey Toyota Hiace bus last night, 25th June 2020.
The Operation THUNDER STRIKE troops under the Operation ACCORD yesterday evening, had saved passengers of a grey Toyota Hiace bus with Lagos registration number MUS 944 FR around the area between Olams and Alheri Camp on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway as their bus was heading to Kaduna State from Abuja. The troops had received intelligence that a group of armed bandits were about to carry out kidnap anywhere around the area, and swiftly headed to the scene, engaging the kidnappers in an exchange of fire, and overpowering them in the process. The criminals took to the forests and bushes around, escaping with bullet wounds.
Operation ACCORD was deployed to the State and its neighbours to help deal with the high spate of armed robbery, kidnapping, ethnic clashes and bloodletting in the areas.
The troop engaged the criminals in a hot chase which led to some more of the armed bandits suffering serious gunshot injuries. After recovering all the passengers who had fled into the surrounding bushes during the exchange of fire with the criminals, the troops further cornered the criminals deeper into the forests, inflicting fatal injuries on them.
In the mean time, troops are exploring the general areas in search of the fleeing bandits with orders to bring them into custody even as aggressive patrols have been initiated.
The areas on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway has become a haven for kidnappers and armed bandits, forcing the Armed Forces to adopt strategies to deal with the menace. The creation of Operation ACCORD is one of the strategies.