A kidnapping gang operating along Niger and Kogi states, especially within the enclave of the Ottoyi Forest, have been overpowered and its members apprehended by the Kogi State-sponsored local vigilantes.
The clash, which occurred on Wednesday, led to the death of three of the kidnappers, who were killed during a gun duel between the vigilantes and the criminals.
According to one of the vigilantes involved in the operation, he accosted one of the gang members who came to buy foodstuff and, in the process, promised to lead the operatives to their hideouts.
But rather than lead the operatives to his cohorts, the gang member took the vigilante operatives towards an area where the other gang members laid an ambush, but they were overpowered by the vigilantes.
Speaking on feat, Muhammed Onogwu, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State Governor, noted that the state’s security architectures have continued to stand the test of time and have recorded successes against several intricacies by criminal elements.
He noted that the continued efforts of the state government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country is yielding good results, noting that Governor Yahaya Bello has committed to securing the lives and property of the citizens, as well as make the state a no go zone for criminal elements.
Onogwu attributed the successes in the fight against criminalities as a product of collaborations and synergy among all the security operatives, as well as those who are most concerned with the rural areas whom he said the administration has largely empowered and motivated.
The governor’s media aide asserted that Bello would not relent efforts in ensuring that the security operatives at all level were adequately empowered to facilitate a safe Kogi state and the delivery of his administration’s social economic strides for the masses.