Police kill fleeing suspected kidnapper in Niger

Posted by Timige, On 23 Feb, 2024 | Updated On 23 Feb, 2024 No Comments »



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An attempt by a suspected kidnapper to escape arrest by the operatives of the Niger State Police Command, on Wednesday, failed as he was gunned down during a gun duel.

The suspect, who was a member of a four-man kidnap ring that threatened a businessman to pay N3m ransom or be kidnapped, could not escape the superior firepower of the police who also rescued a 22-year-old kidnap victim. The operatives also rescued a 22-year-old lady held by the kidnap ring in their enclave.

The spokesman for the command, Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement in which he said the police received information that the suspected four-man gang threatened a businessman of Bako-Mission village, Pissa District of Borgu LGA, to pay the sum of N3m within three days at a particular location around Tunga-Umoru village, via Pissa District or be kidnapped.

“On February 21, 2024, at about 1030hrs, information was received that four suspected kidnappers threatened a businessman of Bako-Mission village, Pissa District of Borgu LGA to drop a sum of N3m within three days at a particular location around Tunga-Umoru village, via Pissa District or be kidnapped.

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“Immediately this information was received, the police tactical team, including vigilante members led by the DPO New-Bussa Division swung into action, mobilised to the purported location, adopted appropriate operational strategy and engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle, while one female victim of about 22 years earlier kidnapped was rescued unhurt.”

Abiodun noted that the team combed the bush and neutralised one of the bandits during the gun battle and recovered his AK-47 rifle with an empty magazine.

“Other members of the gang fled the scene with various gunshot injuries and a concerted effort is ongoing to nab the fleeing outlaws. Public confidence was restored and the area was stabilized,” he stated.

Source: Punch

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