BY YABAGI MOHAMMED
Kogi State Police command has shot and killed a suspected kidnapper and rescued three kidnap victims at a border area between Kogi and Edo states.
The Commissioner of police in Kogi, Mr Bansen Gwana, told newsmen in Lokoja that three other members of the four-man kidnap gang escaped with bullet wounds.
Gwana urged orthodox and traditional hospitals in the state to report any patient with bullet wounds to the nearest police station.
He said policemen and local hunters were combing the bush to fish out the fleeing kidnappers who he said were in military camouflage.
Those rescued are Aliyu Akaba Mustapha, Adele Adeyemi and Musa Afegbua.
Mustapha said he was traveling to Ebiya village in Ajaokuta Local Government when his vehicle was flagged down by the suspects at a spot on Adogo-Okene road.
Mustapha said the suspects, who were all in military camouflage, stopped 11 other vehicles and started robbing passengers of money, handsets and other valuables one after the other.
According to Mustapha , the suspects later decided to kidnap him and three other persons and have trekked into the bush for about 30 minutes when the kidnappers asked one of them to go back.
“The man came back to Adogo and reported the matter at the Divisional Police Headquarters in the town.
“The police immediately responded and followed the same route to locate us at the boundary between Kogi and Edo”, he said.
Mustapha said they had trekked for five hours in the bush when the kidnappers decided to dig ground for water, saying it was in the process that the police team caught up with them.
On his part, Adeyemi said the police and the kidnappers engaged in a gun duel lasting over 45 minutes before they could be rescued.
The rescued victims commended the police for their quick response and for rescuing them without sustaining any injury.