Police Intercept Kidnappers Heading For Operation

Police Intercept Kidnappers Heading For OperationThe 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.

Army Kills Three Armed Suspected Kidnappers In Bauchi State

Nigerian Army kills suspected kidnappers Officials of the Nigerian Army have killed three armed suspected kidnappers in Bauchi State.

The suspects were killed by troops of 33 Brigade during fighting patrols to clear the State of such criminals.

A statement by the spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the operation was carried out to end incessant cases of armed robberies and kidnappings in some parts of Bauchi State.

The suspected kidnappers were killed during fighting patrol on Sunday at Dutsen Mairama and around Dogon Ruwa settlement within Lame/Burra forest of Toro and Ningi Local Government Areas of the State.

“During the encounter, three armed kidnappers were killed and their camps were destroyed.

“The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions including empty shell,” a statement by Colonel Usman read.

Kidnapping is increasing in Nigeria’s northern region, where a dissident group had terrorised its eastern part for over six years.

The crime, seen as a means of livelihood by criminals, used to be more prominent in the south-south region, where several expatriates had been taken hostage in the past.

Huge amount of money is usually requested for as ransom for persons kidnapped.

In the heightened operations against kidnappers, the army said the troops would continue to carry out clearance operations in all known hideouts of kidnappers and armed bandits within Bauchi and other States to deny criminal elements freedom of action.