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Insurgency: Soldiers reportedly in gun battle with Boko Haram at Borno military base

Reports claim that troops of the Nigerian Army stationed in Mainok, Borno state, are currently in a gunfight with suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

The insurgents came into the village around 7pm, shooting sporadically, The Cable reports. “They went straight to the military base and for about an hour now, they have been in a gunfight with the troops,” he said. Recall that NaijaPledge had reported that as insecurity continues to grow in the country, an Army captain attached to the Nigerian Army 32 artillery brigade has been kidnapped by criminals.

The kidnapping incident occured along Kabba-Auga Akoko expressway in Akoko north-east local government area of Ondo state on Wednesday, May 13. According to The Cable, the officer, simply identified as D Gana, was on his way from Abuja. He was taken to a forest at Ibilo, the boundary between Ondo and Edo states. The incident was confirmed by Ayorinde Omojokun, spokesman of the brigade in Akure.

Also Tee-Leo Ikoro, public relations officer of Ondo police command, confirmed the abduction. He said the victim was taken into a nearby bush and the abductors allowed him to call a relation who informed the Ikare-Akoko division of the police. “Unfortunately, before a team of police detectives got to the area, he had been moved away from the place, but his car was recovered by our men,” Ikoro said. However, the kidnappers have reportedly demanded N20 million as ransom.

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