February 09, (THEWILL) – Troops of 93 Battalion under 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have intercepted a suspected female kidnapper with N1.5 million ransom for an abducted victim in Taraba.
A statement by the Acting Assistant Director of 6 Brigade Lieutenant, Oni Olubodunde, said the suspect, 31-year-old Janet Igohia, was arrested after picking up the sum of N1.5 million, being ransom payment for an abducted victim at the Chanchangi area in Takum Local Government Area of the state.
“Based on this information, troops deployed at Chanchanji laid a siege at the suspected area, and at about 10:00 AM, Janet Igohia, age 31, was arrested after picking up the sum of one million, five hundred thousand naira ransom, being payment for an abducted victim,” the statement read.
“Janet Igohia revealed that she is presently married to Voryor Gata, a notorious criminal and former second in command to the late Gana Terwase. She is currently married to the leader of a violent extremist group in southern Taraba.
“According to her, she was previously married to high profile criminals such as the late Terkibi Gemaga, AKA Mopol, a notorious kidnapper who was killed by troops 5 years ago. She revealed that she also got married to the late Gana Terwase, another notorious criminal who was killed during Joint Special Force Operation 3 years ago.”
Olubodunde said the troops deployed in the Mararaba Baissa community of Donga LGA also intercepted two other suspected gunrunners who were allegedly involved in extra-judicial killings and cattle rustling with the sum of N600,000.
Also arrested was a notorious gunrunner dealing in arms and ammunition and supplying them to criminals within Taraba State and other parts of the country.
He said the troops working on credible intelligence on the activities of the arms dealer arrested the suspect, Joshua Dutse Idah, in the Ibi Local Government Area of the state.
At his arrest, Joshua was driving to Kaduna State in a blue Volkswagen Sharon vehicle with registration number Rivers SKN-390AA while troops had trailed the suspect.
Olubodunde noted that the suspects and the exhibits recovered will be handed over to appropriate authorities for further investigation and prosecution in line with extant laws guiding their operations.