The Nigerian army says its troops from 13 Brigade, 82 Division, have arrested Victory Benjamin (aka Abuja Daddy and G3), said to be a “high ranking militant kingpin” in Cross River State.
The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said in a release issued on Saturday that “Abuja Daddy” was arrested at Saint Joseph Hospital, Ikot Ene junction, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, when he attempted to collect ransom from a relation of one of their kidnap victims.
Cross River has seen a spate of security threats this year, with multiple cases of kidnapping by suspected militants.
The troops also arrested three other militants while they were robbing their victims around refugee camp at Efut Isigi in Bakassi Local Government Area in the state, the army said.
A locally made pistol and some cartridges were recovered from the suspects, the army said.
The army said troops have cordoned off the resident of “the most wanted militant kingpin” aka G1, in the state, who is said to be at large.
The two arrested militants – “G2” and “G3” – are currently providing useful information that could assist in the tracking down of other criminals in the region, the army said.