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Police kill wanted kidnap kingpin in gun battle


The Nigerian Police, through the Department of Force Intelligence – Intelligence Response Team and other units neutralized a wanted kidnap kingpin, known as Mai Gemu, also called Godara.

The operation took place at approximately 1:40 am on Friday after a fierce gun battle between security operatives and the notorious gang.

The spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed this development during a press briefing at the IRT headquarters in Guzape, Abuja.

Adejobi explained that Mai Gemu and two other members of his gang were killed during the confrontation.

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According to Adejobi, the gang, responsible for terrorizing citizens in Bwari, an outskirt of the nation’s capital, as well as Kaduna and Nasarawa states, has been effectively dismantled.

He emphasized that this accomplishment is part of ongoing efforts to enhance security in the Federal Capital Territory, especially following the recent launch of the Special Intervention Squad.

“In the early hours of today (Friday), at about 0140hrs, operatives of the DFI-IRT engaged some bandits within the axis in a fierce gun battle and neutralised 3 of them, including their gang leader known as Mai Gemu a.k.a Godara,” stated Adejobi during the briefing.

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He assured the public that security forces would continue combing bushes and shanties in border areas between the FCT, Niger, Kaduna, and Nasarawa states to maintain a secure environment.

In a related development, Adejobi informed journalists that suspected suppliers of ammunition to terrorists were apprehended on the Abuja-Kaduna highway on January 24.
The DFI-IRT operatives intercepted the individuals, suspected to be major suppliers of arms and ammunition to bandits operating in Niger State, Zamfara State, and Kaduna State.

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“The suspects, upon arrest and consequent interrogation confessed to the crimes. One of the suspects, Ibrahim Hussaini, is currently in custody while the other 2 suspects are leading the IRT operatives to their hideouts where they store their weapons for distribution,” Adejobi added.