Security operatives rescue 24 abducted victims in Kogi

TWENTY-FOUR people who were kidnapped within Adogo axis in Kogi state on Friday December 29, 2023, have regained their freedom.

This was made known in a statement issued on Saturday, December 30, 2023, by the spokesperson of the Kogi State police command William Aya on behalf of the Commissioner of Police in the state Bethrand Onuoha.

The statement informed that  the victims were rescued with combined efforts of the police, military and local vigilantes in the state.

“Consequent upon the upsurge of kidnapping activities along Ajaokuta-Adogo-Okene road where some Students and Staff of Comprehensive High School Ajaokuta and other travelers were abducted yesterday 29/12/2023.

“Immediately, the Area Commander Ajaokuta promptly swung into action led a combined Team of Police, Military and Local Vigilantes to the scene while combining the bush, as a result three victims were rescued including one of the Students,” the statement said.



    William also stated that the commissioner deployed additional police officers from the quick response team on Saturday, to ensure the remaining victims were rescued, while the abductors were brought to book.

    According to the statement, a gun duel had ensued after the operatives sighted the abductors but they were forced to flee when the operatives refused to backdown.

    “Twenty-one one other victims which comprised of eleven students and three teachers were rescued unhurt while efforts is still ongoing to arrest the abductors,” it said.

    He also commended the efforts of the team, while enjoining the citizens to continue collaborating with the Police and other Security Agencies by volunteering timely and providing credible information on the activities of rriminal elements in the state.

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