By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Police Command has said it has arrested no fewer than seven suspected Kidnappers terrorising unsuspected travelers in the Easter flank of the State
In a press statement signed by the Police Public Relation Officer, ASP William Aya and copy of which was made available to journalists in Lokoja on Friday, the command reiterated it commitment to curb crimes in the state.
“As part of command’s continuous onslaught against criminal activities in the State such as Armed robbery, kidnapping, Cultism, cattle rustling , through a proactive crime preventing strategy, some vicious and notorious kidnap for ransom gangs were dislodged and busted in their hideout and camps across the State.”
‘The Operatives attached to Special Anti-robbery Squad acting on a tip-off arrested the lsuspected kidnappers and recovered arms and ammunition.
They are Samson Akogun,
Joseph Mathias, Hassan Idris, Iliyasu Shaibu,
Alhaji Shadow all of Egabada and Ede Adejoh of Idah LGA
The statement said that the suspects were alleged to have kidnapped one Ogbu Chikehi of Egabada town in Igalamela/Odolu in the month of September and collected Ransom of N100,000, adding that the suspects confessed belonging to a gang terrorizing Idah/Odolu area. Items recovered from them include, one Pump Action, Machetes, the sum of N33,400 and other dangerous charms.
In a related development, the Operatives attached to Kabba Division intercepted and arrested a notorious armed robber name Shehu Mohammed of behind Bata Shops Kabba.
The suspect confessed belonging to a syndicate who have been terrorizing Kabba town and its environment. Effors on top gear to arrest other members of his syndicate. Items recovered from him include one Locally Made Pistol with one live Cartridge.
“These achievement were due to the proactive strategies rooted in intelligence led policing and robust interaction with the various strata of our communities, particularly in the area of information gathering, since it has become obvious that security is an all stakeholders affairs.
“The area commanders as well as DPOs were charged to beef up security in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) and ensure massive deployment of police patrol teams and undercover operatives to black spot, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots to nip in the bud all forms of crimes and criminally across the State and make sure that detection of crime are prompt to serve as effective deterrent to all criminals.
“The renewed commitment of the command to reduce crimes and criminality in the State remains unwavering.”
All the suspects will be arraigned in Court on completion of investigation.