Police begin war against kidnappers

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– A police special force has begun an offensive against suspected kidnappers in Kogi state

– Some criminals in the state have been killed by the special force in their various hideouts during a gun battle

– Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has  thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the IG for their intervention in the state

police IGP Solomon-Arase

The inspector general of police, Solomon Arase has deployed a police special force team to Kogi state to combat suspected kidnappers

Following strings of kidnappings and robberies in Kogi state, the inspector general of police, Solomon Arase, on Tuesday, May 24 deployed a helicopter, 35 federal special Anti-robbery squads and four detachments of mobile Police men to Kogi to bring the security situation in the state under control.

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According to Vanguard, the offensive against the hoodlums in the state began on Sunday, May 22 and has led to the arrest of several suspected kidnappers.

Some criminals in the state have also been killed by the special force in their various hideouts during a gun battle according to reports.

The Punch reports that the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the IG for their intervention in the state, said that it was hoped that kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in parts of the state would soon be history.

Speaking on the deployment of the social force to the state, the Kogi state police commissioner, Usman Yakubu said since the arrival of the team, some suspected kidnappers  have been arrested from their camps in the state.

He said the offensive against criminals in the state would continue until the state was free from the criminal elements.

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For the past weeks Kogi state has been in the news following high profile kidnappings and robberies which were carried out brazenly.

On May 19, Unknown gunmen numbering about 12 invaded the Osara police station in Adavi local government area of Kogi state and forced their way into the police armoury and carted away arms and ammunition.

Two police constables were reportedly killed by the gunmen while two others were critically injured and are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, The Nation reports.

On the same day, two high court judges in the state were abducted by unknown  but at different locations. 

On May 20, unknown gunmen kidnapped Chief Ahmed Aminu Aku, a traditional ruler of Elete community in Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi state.

About 24 hours after he was abducted, the kidnappers were said to have contacted the family and demanded for N10million ransom.

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