From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Mr Edet Ayuba, CP
A great feat was achieved in Kogi state in an effort to protect the lives of innocent citizens from the hands of bandits as three kidnappers were killed in a gun battle with hunters along Lokoja-Okene Road at the early hours of Saturday.
Two of the kidnappers informants were also arrested on Saturday along Lokoja-Okene highway by team of hunters and neighbourhood watch from Okehi and Adavi Local Government Areas (LGAs), of the state.
The kidnappers who were planning to stage an attack on innocent citizens that ply the Lokoja-Okene road, met their waterloo when two of their informants were arrested.
Our Correspondent gathered that the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) Security in-charge of Okehi Local Government Area, Abdulraheem Ohiare and his Adavi counterpart, Joseph Omuya Salami, led the hunters to the hideouts of the kidnappers following intelligent report.
According a reliable source, the hunters who were on patrol at about 4.30 am apprehended the informants, one Mr Godwin Peter a native of Ikeje in Olamaboro Local Government Area and one Sanni Habib, a native of Idoji in Okene Local Government Area.
Upon interrogation, they both confessed that they were informants who give information to kidnappers for their operations.
The duo eventually led the hunters alongside the SSA Security from Adavi and Okehi to the kidnappers’ hideouts.
Upon getting to their hideouts, the hunters engaged the kidnappers in gun battle during which three of them were gunned down while others escaped with gunshots wounds.
Three sophisticated pump action riffles, bullets, masks and charms were recovered from the kidnappers.
Speaking after the successful operation, Hon Ohiare and Hon Omuya thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for his determination in securing Kogi State and ridding it of all criminalities.
“The state Governor, Yahaya Bello has maintained his stand of not negotiating with any criminal elements in the state and advice the criminals to turn a new leaf or be crushed.
The police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP William Aya, who promised to get back to our correspondent for confirmation never did that until the time of filing this report.