Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has commended the vigilance group and security agents in the Dekina Local Government Area of the state for the arrest of notorious kidnappers.
Yahaya Bello gave the commendation in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, on Sunday, May 2, after a successful operation where three kidnapped victims were also rescued.
The governor said that the kidnappers had been operating and terrorising communities in the environs.
According to him, the successful fight against criminals in the state; is also coming at a time when insecurity is heightened in some parts of the country.
Yahaya Bello said the gang of notorious kidnappers operating in Dekina Area Council on Sunday met their waterloo on Saturday on Idah Road.
He added that the repel by the Joint Taskforce of Neighborhood watch; vigilantes; hunters; and other security agents led to the death of the gang members as three captives were released.
“The kidnappers, whose names were Monday Mimiko alias Aneni the law and Abu Billi alias Don German died during crossfire with security personnel; while two others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“The security team also freed three persons kidnapped by the gang; during operation around Egume.
“The criminals had been terrorising the Okura axis of Dekina LGA for years engaging in kidnapping and armed robbery.”
Confirming the report, Dekina LGA Chairman, Mr Ishaq Okolo, said that he was aware of the operation; noting that the security operatives were acting on the instruction of the governor.
“The governor had directed security agents to fish out criminal elements; wherever they are in the society.”
Okolo urged members of the public to give useful information about criminals to the security agencies; noting that all hands must be on deck to ensure a crime-free society.