Police Smash Kidnap Gangs In Kogi, Rescue Victims

The suspects: Ojonimi Negedu, Awodi Ezekiel and Micheal Sule
The suspects: Ojonimi Negedu, Awodi Ezekiel and Micheal Sule

The Nigeria Police Force says it has continued to record successes in the operations to rid the country of dangerous gangs specializing in armed robbery and kidnapping, especially in Kogi State and its environs.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, made this known in a press release on the Force’s website on Friday.

Awunah said that the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, again smashed some notorious kidnap gangs that have terrorized Kogi State and its environs and rescued four kidnapped victims.

He said “In a special intelligence led operation conducted by the operatives of the Intelligence Response Team of the IGP’s Monitoring Unit at different black spots in Kogi State, three members of a notorious kidnap gang that has for a while operated in major cities in Kogi and neighbouring States were trailed and arrested at their hideouts in the outskirt of Egume and Anyimgba Towns in Kogi State.”

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“The leader of the gang who gave his name as Ibrahim Nasarawa led the operatives of Intelligence Response Team to their den where Edward Abutu Amedu was held hostage. On sighting the  Operatives, the armed guards who were stationed by the gang to keep watch over their victims opened fire on the Police and the operatives responded and overpowered them in a tactical operation that saw three members of the kidnap gang suffer fatal injuries while their victim was rescued unhurt,” Awunah stated.

He added that two policemen sustained gunshot injuries during the confrontation and are currently responding to treatment in the hospital, while the other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds.

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Awunah also stated that another intelligence-based operation led to the arrest of three members of a dare-devil kidnap gang that had abducted three persons in Egume area of Kogi State and were demanding a ransom of N20 million.

Their confession led to the rescue of the victims who had sustained various degrees of injuries in the hands of their abductors, but are now receiving treatment in the Hospital.

The arrested suspects include: Ojonimi Negedu, Awodi Ezekiel and Micheal Sule, aged 32, 26 and 21 respectively.

The FPRO said the renewed onslaught on criminal elements in Kogi State is designed by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to stem the tide of kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery and other criminal activities and shall be sustained until all the criminal elements are flushed out of the State.

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“IGP Idris warns all criminal elements operating in any part of the federation to turn a new leaf and be counseled or ignore the warning and end up in the arms of the law,” Awunah stated.

He assured the general public of the police’s determination to continue to provide community-oriented service that will ensure active community partnership in crime prevention and control.

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