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Police kill two kidnappers in Kogi shootout


Two suspected kidnappers were fatally injured in a gun battle with the Nigeria Police and local vigilantes in a forest near Obajana in Kogi State.

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.

He said, “In continuation with the ongoing onslaught against banditry, kidnapping, and other heinous crimes, the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, attached to Obajana Division in collaboration with the Fulani Vigilantes, acted on a tip-off on Monday, 27th May 2024 at about 11:30 AM, that some armed hoodlums numbering about three were sighted inside Ankumi forest.”

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“Immediately, the DPO, CSP Oguche Richard, mobilized his patrol team along with the Fulani Vigilantes and moved to the area at about 2:30 PM. On sighting the team, the hoodlums opened fire on them, while the team responded in a gun duel.”

“Due to the superior firepower of the Police team, two of the hoodlums were fatally wounded while the other escaped with bullet wounds.”

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Items recovered from the scene include one AK-47 rifle with two magazines and two rounds of live ammunition. Efforts are ongoing to trail and apprehend the fleeing suspect.

The Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, commended the officers for their commitment and dedication in the fight against crime. He assured the people of Kogi State that the Police, in synergy with other security agencies, will continue to ensure the safety of life and property in the state.

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“The Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, while commending the officers for their unwavering commitment and dedication in sustaining the tempo in the ongoing onslaught against crime and criminality, assures the good people of the state that the Police is ever determined to sustain the tempo in synergy with other security agencies in ensuring the safety of life and property in the state,” the statement added.