Troops from the 93 Battalion under the 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Taraba have arrested a female kidnapped as she was attempting to collect ransom for an abducted victim.
This was contained in a statement by the Acting Assistant Director, 6 Brigade Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde, on Thursday on its X handle.
The suspect, Janet Igohia, 31, was said to be arrested after picking up N 1.5m.
According to the statement, Igohia revealed that she is presently married to Voryor Gata, a notorious criminal.
The statement reads in part, “In the ongoing operations by 6 Brigade Nigerian Army to ensure Taraba State do not become a safe haven for violent extremist groups and Insurgents, gallant troops of 93 Battalion under the Brigade has successfully apprehended a notorious gunrunner involved in illegal dealings of arms and ammunition to criminals elements within Taraba State and other parts of the country.
“Following credible intelligence on the activities of the arms dealer named Joshua Dutse Idah age 45, troops trailed his movement which led to his final arrest on 20 January 2024 in Ibi town of Ibi LGA while driving to Kaduna State in a Blue Volkswagen Sharon vehicle with registration number Rivers SKN-390AA.
“On interrogation, Dutse confessed he was going to Katsina State to bring in AK 47 Rifles and that he received part payment of 300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira).
“After a thorough search on the vehicle, troops recovered 1 PK Machine Gun, Quantity 399 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition and 3 AK 47 Rifle Magazines.
“Also, on 25 January 2024, information was received from own sources on the activities of extremist groups and Insurgents around Chanchanji and Sai communities on their plans to move to a drop zone where relatives of abducted victims were directed to drop ransom money.
“Based on this information, troops deployed at Chanchanji laid in wait 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 (N1,500,000.00) only being ransom payment for an abducted victim.”
According to the statement, Janet Igohia revealed that she is presently married to Voryor Gata a notorious criminal and former second in command to late Gana Terwase.
According to her, she had previously been married to high profile criminals such as late Terkibi Gemaga AKA Mopol a notorious kidnapper who was killed by troops 5 years ago.
She revealed that she also got married to late Gana Terwase another notorious criminal who was killed during Joint Special Force Operation 3 years ago.