The Police say they have intercepted a four-man gang of heavily armed kidnappers, notorious for terrorizing Rivers and Bayelsa state residents, on their way for an operation.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, in a statement on Thursday, described the feat as a major breakthrough in the Police’ targeted onslaught against crime and criminality throughout the country.
He said that the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), “acting on credible intelligence and public support, on the 29th of November, 2016, intercepted a four-man gang of heavily armed kidnappers, notorious for terrorizing the waterways and kidnapping in Rivers and Bayelsa states, along Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on their way for an operation.
“A gun duel ensued, after which three of the kidnappers were fatally wounded while one James Peter ‘m’ aged 30 years from Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State was arrested”.
Awunah revealed that the arrested member of the gang has been cooperating with the Police in their investigation by providing very valuable information on the membership of the gang and their modus of operation.
“Weapons recovered from the kidnappers include one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one AK47 rifle, chains of GPMG ammunition and two fully loaded AK47 magazines.
“Efforts are in top gear to arrest fleeing members of the gang and recover their cache of arms.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has once again enjoined Nigerians never to hesitate to provide the Police with valuable information and assures them of renewed commitment on the part of the force in the fight against crime and antisocial behavior,” he added.