Eleven suspected Bandits killed, 3 victims rescued in Kogi
A group of bandits terrorizing some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State have met their waterloo as personnel of the State Vigilante Group killed 11 of them and arrested others.
The operatives also reached three kidnapped victims of the notorious bandits.
Security operatives who acted on intelligence were said to have allegedly nabbed an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Inspector Abdullahi Saidu, who, alongside a friend, reportedly supplies the criminals with weapons and information to undertake their heinous crimes.
The successful operation by the security operatives was carried out in series working 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 kidnappers arrestsd, including the civil defense operative are now in the 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 explained that the Local Vigilantes across the state had continued to record success because of the morale boost and support the Governor had continued to render as well as the cooperation from the citizens and synergy among the security operatives.
Onogwu noted that the continued efforts of the Kogi State Government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country were so far yielding remarkable results, noting that the Governor had severally made a commitment to securing the lives and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements.
He reiterated that Governments 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 were reported to have carried out attack on certain individuals in Kabba.
The State Government said it was in touch with security agencies and that the Governor had already given a marching order that those kidnapped must be rescued and the perpetrators apprehended.
A source within the Kogi State Security circles who prefers to remain anonymous said they are getting “encouraging headway” in their operations against the kidnappers.