Nigerian troops have reportedly nabbed Victory Benjamin, a high ranking militant kingpin, NAIJ.com reports.
According to the military spokesperson, Sani Kukasheka Usman, this feat was achieved in Cross Rivers state as the militant was attempting to collect ransom from a relation of a kidnap victim.
In a statement issued on Saturday, September 17, the Colonel wrote: “Troops of 13 Brigade, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, have in a coordinated operation arrested a suspected high ranking militant kingpin Mr. Victory Benjamin (aka Abuja Daddy and G3) and 3 others.
Some of the items recovered by the Nigerian military during the raid. Photo: DHQ
“The kingpin was arrested at Saint Joseph Hospital, Ikot Ene junction, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State while attempting to collect ransom from one of their kidnap a victim’s relations.
“In a related development, troops of the same formation have also arrested 3 militants with locally made pistol and some cartridges while robbing victims around Refugees Camp at Efut Isigi in Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross Rivers State.
“Meanwhile, troops have cordoned off the residents of the most wanted militant kingpin, Alias G1 still at large, as already the arrested militants known as “G2” and “G3” are providing useful information that would assist the military to track other criminals in the region.”
Earlier in the day, the Nigerian Army announced the discovery of large cache of ammunitions in Maiduguri, capital city of Borno, just days after the state enjoyed a peaceful Sallah celebration.
Colonel Usman revealed this in a statement released on Saturday, September 17, hinting that the ammunition belonged to Islamist insurgents, Boko Haram.