The Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested three members of a notorious kidnap gang that have terrorized Kogi State and its environs and rescued four kidnapped victims at different locations.
A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah said 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.
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. 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.
In another coordinated operation based on credible intelligence generated by Operatives of the intelligence Response Team, three members of a dare-devil kidnap gang that abducted Mrs. Mayo Ohemi, Nichodemus Kadiri and Miss Victoria Abdul from Acharu Egume area of Kogi State were arrested and their confession led to the rescue of the victims who were incacerated in the kidnapers’ camp from where they demanded a ransom of twenty million naira. 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, Micheal Sule, 21.