A group of bandits terrorising parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State have met their Waterloo as officers of the State Vigilante Group, yesterday killed eleven of them and arrested others.
Three kidnapped victims were also rescued successfully. Security operatives acting on intelligence were said to have nabbed an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Inspector Abdullahi Saidu, who, alongside a friend, reportedly supply criminals with weapons and information to undertake their heinous crimes.
The successful operation by the security operatives was carried out in series work with credible intelligence. A source within the Kogi State Vigilante Service said, “Alaidi is their ring leader. He was killed during the first camp attack. Rabo and seven others were crushed. Madei and one other were killed in the second kidnappers’ camp while Umar escaped with gunshot injuries but was recaptured.”
It was also confirmed that five of the arrested kidnappers, including the civil defence operative, were in custody of the Department of State Security for further investigations.
Reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Muhammed Onogwu, noted that such security success by the operatives was a welcome development and a proof that the security architecture of Kogi State was strong and solid enough to quash all forms of criminal vices.
He said that the Local Vigilantes across the state had continued to record good results because of the morale boost and support the Governor continues to give as well as the cooperation from citizens and synergy among security operatives.
Onogwu noted that efforts of Kogi State Government to keep the state safe are yielding results, noting that the Governor had severally made a commitment to securing the life and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements.
He reiterated that government at all levels would continue to make efforts towards sustaining the drive for a peaceful Kogi State by making every nook and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors.
IN the same vein, security agencies are on the trail of kidnappers who reportedly carried out attacks on certain individuals in Kabba.
The State Government said it was in touch with security agencies and that the Governor already gave a marching order that those kidnapped must be rescued and the perpetrators apprehended.
A source within the Kogi State Security circles, who spoke in confidence said they were getting “encouraging headway” in their operations against the kidnappers.