The Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has smashed more notorious kidnap gang that have been terrorizing Kogi State and its environs and rescued four kidnapped victims at different locations in the state.
In a special intelligence operation conducted by the operatives of the IRT of the Inspector General of Police’s, (IGP’s) Monitoring Unit at different black spots in Kogi State, three members of a notorious kidnap gang that had 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.
A statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah on Saturday said the leader of the gang who gave his name as Ibrahim Nasarawa led the operatives of IRT 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.
“Sadly, two of our men sustained gunshot injuries and are currently responding to treatment in the hospital while the other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds,” the statement said.
In another coordinated operation based on credible intelligence generated by operatives of the IRT, three members of a kidnap gang that abducted Mrs. Mayo Ohemi, Nichodemus Kadiri and Miss Victoria Abdul from Acharu Egume area of Kogi State were arrested while their confession led to the rescue of the victims who were incarcerated in the kidnappers’ camp from where they demanded a ransom of N20 million.
The rescued victims who sustained various degrees of injuries in the hands of their abductors are now receiving treatment in the Hospital.
The arrested suspects are: Ojonimi Negedu, 32; Awodi Ezekiel, 26 and Micheal Sule, 21.
According to the statement, the renewed onslaught on criminal elements in Kogi State was designed by the Inspector-General of Police to stem the tide of kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the area.
The police said the onslaught shall be sustained until all the criminal elements were flushed out of the State.