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Vigilante group kills 11 kidnappers, rescues victims in Kogi

Vigilante group kills 11 kidnappers, rescues victims in Kogi

By Matthew Eloyi

A vigilante group in Kogi State has killed 11 kidnappers in the Koton Karfe Local Government Area of the state and rescued abductees from the kidnapper’s den.

The operatives also arrested a security officer and his accomplice who were allegedly supplying weapons to the kidnappers.

Onogwu Muhammed, the spokesman for Governor Yahaya Bello, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lokoja.

According to Muhammed, information received revealed that security operatives acting on intelligence nabbed an officer of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, NCDC, Insp. Abdullahi Saidu, who alongside a friend supplies the criminals with weapons.

Muhammed added that the NCDC officer is also alleged to be giving security information to the criminals to undertake their heinous crimes.

“A group of bandits terrorizing some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State have met their waterloo as officers of the state’s vigilante group killed 11 of them, arrested others while three kidnapped victims were rescued successfully.

“The successful operation by the security operatives was done in series and with a detailed account the Kogi State Vigilante operatives narrating that Alaidi, the ring leader was killed during the first camp attack.

“Other Members of the bandit group, Rabo and seven others were crushed.

“Madei and one other were killed in the second kidnappers’ camp while Umar escaped with gunshot injury but was recaptured.

“Five of the kidnappers arrested including the Civil Defence operative were in the custody of the Department of State Security for further investigations,” the statement read in part.

Vigilante group kills 11 kidnappers, rescues victims in Kogi

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