The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed the killing of two kidnappers, the arrest of two other accomplices and the freeing of no fewer than two victims during a shootout.
The arrest of the suspects who are part of a gang terrorising commuters along Idah-Ajegu road in Kogi State was confirmed on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor, Muhammed Onogwu.
According to Onogwu in a statement, the pair were nabbed in a joint operation between operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps with members of the local vigilante group.
Onogwu further noted in the statement that the NSCDC and the local vigilante patrol security team ran into the kidnappers while they were terrorising commuters on the road on Saturday, May 1.
He said that he security operatives overpowered the kidnappers, killing two, they arrested two others and freed two victims and also informed that Governor Yahaya Bello had instructed in a statement that the local government chairmen, security agencies, vigilantes, hunters and members of the public to work harmoniously to root out criminals from the state.
“We will go after you through the valley, in the caves, on land and water. We will make Kogi a hell for you and we will root you out of our state using any means possible. Few cannot be allowed to inflict pains on the majority of our people,” Yahaya Bello stated in the statement.