By Abimbola Ogunnnaike
The Nigeria Police Force(NPF) in collaboration with local vigilantes has killed two kidnap suspects terrorizing Kogi State, thegazellenews.com reports.
Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya disclosed this in a statement issued on the evening of Monday, 24 July, 2023.
Aya said the gallant officers who also rescued one kidnap victim, recovered one AK rifle with 14 rounds of live ammunition.
According to Aya, the recent achievement of the command to weed Kogi State of criminal activities was in compliance with the directives of the Commissioner of Police, in Kogi State, Onuoha Bethrand to sustain the tempo on the ongoing onslaughts against criminal elements and to deny them safe haven in the state.
”The Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to Ife-Olukotun in an intelligence-led operation in collaboration with the local vigilantes rescued one kidnapped victim, neutralized two kidnappers and recovered one AK 49 Rifle with 14 Rounds of live ammunition.
“This was consequent upon a report that, some hoodlums invaded a Camp of one Yahaya of Igbo-Ero in Ife-Olukotun and kidnapped him. It was further revealed that the hoodlums kidnapped another victim which they later released after robbing him of one ram,” the statement said,
“The Divisional Police Officer promptly swung into action and mobilized a team of operatives in collaboration with the local vigilantes following intelligence stormed their hideout. On sighting the joint team, the hoodlums opened fire on them.
“During the gun duel that ensued, two suspected kidnappers were neutralized, the victim was rescued and one AK 49 Rifle with 14 Rounds of live ammunition was recovered. While other suspects escaped with bullet wounds. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects,” Aya added.
The Police Spokesperson said the Commissioner of Police while commending the joint Police and Vigilantes team for the breakthrough reiterated his determination to sustain the ongoing onslaughts against criminal elements and to deny them haven to operate in the state.
He admonished members of the public to always collaborate with the security forces to ensure adequate security of lives and property in the state.