The Nigeria Police said the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris security arrangement directed for the Christmas and New Year festivity period and beyond has been yielding positive results.
At a press briefing in Kogi State Police Command Headquarters, Lokoja, the Force Public Relations Officers, CSP Jimoh Moshood said that in order to add new impetus to the fight against kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in Kogi State, the Inspector General of Police has deployed the IGP Intelligence Response Team responsible for the arrest of Kidnap for Ransom Kingpin, Evans and his Gang and killing of Vampire during a gun duel between the Police and gang; to team up with the personnel of Kogi State Command to expand the operation and ensure the arrest of all the suspects involved in various kidnap cases in Kogi State. The IGP mandated the joint team to root out kidnappers in kogi State and other contiguous states such Edo, Benue, Kwara, Enugu and FCT.
The Police Spokesperson said that the IGP-Intelligence Response Team and Kogi State Police Command, working on actionable intelligence and in compliance with IGP’S directives to clamp down on highway robbers and kidnappers have arrested the gang responsible for the unfortunate kidnapping and killing of a Portuguese Expatriate attached to Dangote Group and Two Mobile Policemen attached to him in Kogi State.
The suspects, numbering 30, were apprehended in their various hideouts in the forest and other locations along the Abuja-Lokoja-kabba highways.
CSP Jimoh Moshood further reiterated that the suspects arrested confessed to their various criminal roles in the commission of the crimes and admitted to have carried out several kidnappings/armed robberies attacks on innocent travellers on the Kogi-Kabaja roads including some high profile kidnap for Ranson in Edo, Delta, Oyo and Ogun States.
The exhibits recovered from them includes: Eleven AK47 Riffles, Two Beretta English Pistol, Two Revolver Pistol, Three Hundred and Thirty Four 7.56mm AK47 Ammunitions, Six Rounds 9mm Beretta Ammunitions, One cut to size locally made Revolver Gun, Two Locally made Pistol, Fifty Four rustled cattle and Pairs of suspected fake military uniform
CSP Jimoh Moshood concluded that investigation is ongoing to arrest other members of the gangs at large while those in custody will be arraigned in Court for prosecution on completion of investigation.