By Augustine Ehikioya
To find and rescue a military personnel who got missing, troops of 93 Battalion have launched out a search and rescue mission for the personnel in Taraba State.
The personnel got missing while responding to a distress call of an attack on Tati community, in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba state in the early hours of Tuesday 10 May, 2022.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu. It was made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It reads “The troops had launched out swiftly on receiving a distress call that Tati community was under attack and razed by suspected bandits. While in pursuit of the bandits, troops fell into an ambush staged by the criminals.
“The troops fought fiercely through the ambush neutralizing four of the bandits. Sadly, during the fire fight, six gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while one personnel is missing in action.”
But the statement added that a reinforcement team from 6 Brigade deployed against the fleeing bandits at Ananum village in Donga Local Government Area of the State “neutralized 2 additional bandits and recovered one Ak 47 rifle, one pistol, one locally fabricated gun, 2 AK 47 Magazines, 19 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 7 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and 3 motorbikes.
“Troops are currently in pursuit of the bandits and will leave no stone unturned in the ongoing search and rescue operations for the missing personnel,” it stated.
It enjoined the good people of Taraba state to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.