29 June 2021 VICTORIA ABAH
It was another bad day for some criminal elements operating in Kogi State as two kidnappers were gunned down in the early hours of today while collecting ransom for their victims from one of the neighboring states.
Following intelligence report, professional hunters in Okehi Local Government Area of the state, ambushed the kidnappers who came out in Abobo area, behind the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe, to collect the ransom demanded before the release of the victims.
Two of the three kidnappers were killed in the process while one escaped into the bush with gunshot wounds and the captives freed in the operation.
Reacting to the development, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello maintained that the state cannot accommodate any criminal who wants to deprive the people of their peace.
He said he was elected and sworn-in to protect the lives and property of the people and would ensure such covenant is kept for posterity.
The governor commended the professional hunters and the conventional security agencies in the state for their tireless efforts in rooting out criminal elements from the state.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer, Okehi Local Government Area, Mr Ovanja Yakubu has confirmed that men of the Nigerian Police in his division had been drafted to join the professional hunters to search for the third kidnapper dead or alive.