By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
A vicious kidnapping gang that operates along Niger and Kogi environment especially within the enclave of the Ottoyi Forest was overpowered and its members apprehended by a highly motivated Kogi Local Vigilante.
Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor, Muhammed Onogwu in a statement on Thursday said that three of the kidnappers were killed during a gun duel between the gallant vigilantes and the gang.
The incident that occurred on Wednesday afternoon was narrated by one of the vigilantes involved in the operation.
He revealed that the vigilante accosted one of the gang members who came to buy foodstuff and in the process promised to lead the operatives to their hideouts.
It was, however, gathered that rather than lead the operatives to his cohorts, the gang laid ambush on the vigilante but they were overpowered.
Speaking on the feat, Onogwu 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 Kogi State government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country was so far yielding good results, noting that the governor has severally made a commitment 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 Governor Yahaya Bello would not relent the 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.