- No fewer than nineteen kidnapped victims have been rescued by hunters in Kogi state
- The rescue operation was carried out after the group received a tip-off of criminal activities
- Two toy local guns, army uniforms, and eight mobile phones were among the items recovered from the suspects
The Hunters Group of Nigeria has rescued no fewer than 19 kidnapped victims at Kabba junction in Adavi local government area of Kogi state.
Inusa Bature, the chairman of the group who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on Sunday, January 24, said six kidnappers were also arrested following a tip-off, Nigerian Tribune reports
Bature explained that the group responded to a distress call that the kidnappers' abducted some travellers and engaged them in a firefight.
He went on to add that two toy local guns, army uniforms and eight mobile phones among others were recovered from the suspects linked to the recent kidnappings in the area.
Magaji Francis, one of the victims, said their captors who were Fulanis kidnapped four of them while they were travelling to Adamawa from Lagos on reaching Kabba junction.
He explained further the suspects beat them with cutlass, starved them, tied them, and threatened to kill them if their relatives fail to pay the ransom.
However, Joseph Salami, the chairman of Adavi local council, who visited some of the victims at the hospital commended the hunters and other security agencies for their efforts toward curbing crime in the area.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that two suspected kidnappers were 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, 2020, 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.
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In a related development, security forces rescued 103 kidnapped victims in Katsina, the governor of the state, Aminu Masari, revealed on Friday, January 8.
The governor disclosed this as he spoke with rescued victims at Government House on Friday.
Masari noted that this development is a continuation of the exercise that started with the recovery of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.