- The Kogi state government continues to rout out criminals in the state
- Two suspected kidnappers have been killed in a recent operation
- Two others have been arrested by the local security operatives backed by the state government
Two suspected kidnappers were recently gunned down and two armed robbers arrested in Kogi as the state government intensifies onslaught on criminal activities in the state.
A security report made available to journalists revealed that a combined team of security operatives patrolling the Ajegu-Idah road on Tuesday, July 28 foiled a kidnapping operation during which two of the kidnappers were gunned down as a result of the exchange of fire between the security men and the criminals.
Senior special assistant to the governor on security, Idah local government, Abu Odoma, who confirmed this, stated that the kidnap gang has been terrorizing road users along the road for years.
According to him, the security team invaded their hideout which led to a gun duel that resulted in the killing of two of the suspected robbers while three other members escaped with bullet wounds.
Similarly, three kidnappers were killed in a gun battle and two of their informants arrested last weekend along the Lokoja-Okene highway by a team of hunters and neighbourhood watch operatives from Okehi and Adavi local government areas of the state.
A security aide of the state government in Okehi local government area, Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare and his Adavi counterpart, Hon Joseph Omuya Salami, had led the hunters to the hideouts of the kidnappers following an intelligence report.
The hunters who were on patrol at about 4.30 am apprehended the informants, one Mr Godwin Peter a native of Ikeje in Olamaboro Local Government Area and one Sanni Habib, a native of Idoji in Okene Local Government Area.
Upon interrogation, they both confessed that they were informants who give information to kidnappers for their operations.
The duo eventually led the hunters alongside the government's security aide to the kidnappers' hideouts.
Upon getting to their hideouts, the hunters engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle after which three of them were gunned down while others escaped with gunshots wounds.
Three sophisticated pump action riffles, bullets, masks and charms were recovered from the kidnappers.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Bello warned that his administration would deal ruthlessly with all criminal elements in the state, adding that he would not negotiate with bandits under any guise.
The governor made the statement at the North-central Security Summit held in Lafia, Nasarawa state earlier this year.
Governor Bello said with the cooperation of the security agencies, traditional rulers and citizens of the state, the Kogi government dealt with insecurity which was commonplace before his administration came on board and it will continue to rout out criminals.
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