Kidnappers Foiled as Kogi State Government Reshuffles Security Strategies

Kidnappers were in the early hours of yesterday Monday, 13th July 2020, specifically around 3 AM in the morning, along the Lokoja – Abuja Expressway, foiled by a combined effort of the Vigilantes Service and the neighbourhood watch comprising of joint security forces of the State of Kogi. The kidnappers ambushed a Toyota Sienna buscar with registration number BKN466XA-Osun along the Idu Bridge within Kogi Local Government Area of the State. The vehicle was conveying two passengers and bales of vegetables from Akure heading to Abuja. The kidnappers during the course of the ambush fired at the occupants of the vehicle, hitting the driver on his upper arm. The security team arrived swiftly at the scene and engaged the kidnappers in an exchange of fire, rescuing the victims.

The two kidnappers decimated during the exchange of fire with the security team in the early hours of Monday morning

The Kogi State Government has restrategised its security networks and responded head-on to the resurgence of kidnapping activities along the major road networks within the state. According to officials of the State Government, the perpetrators of the resurgence are remnants of kidnappers who were dealt deadly blow by the current administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.

The 104 patrol vehicles donated by the State Governor to the Security Forces in the State of Kogi, June 2019.

The kidnappers who staged their deadly operation on the Abuja Expressway at about 3AM to 4AM yesterday, were swiftly repelled by the joint security forces of the State, resulting in the death of two of the kidnappers while about a dozen others escaped with various degrees of bullet wounds.

Honourable Isah Abdulkarim, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, said the kidnappers numbering about fifteen, armed with AK-47 riffles, layed ambush on commutters at about 03:20 o’clock on Monday, on Lokoja-Abuja Expressway. “On 13th July 2020, about 0320 hours, at Idu Bridge, along Lokoja-Abuja expressway, Kogi LGA, unidentified bandits numbering about fifteen (15), armed with AK-47 rifles, ambushed commuters and fired sporadically at a sienna bus and hit the upper arm of the driver. Other two
passengers, Blessing ONU (aged 35) and Eze IKECHUKWU (aged 40), conveying vegetables from Akure to Abuja, in a white Toyota Sienna bus (BKN466XA-Osun) were rescued by our team. The team went after the kidnappers which led to the death of two of the daredevil criminals during
gun exchange with some of them escaped with bullet wounds.”

He disclosed that “Another kidnapping attempt was also repelled along Okene-Lokoja road by the proactive efforts of the Vigilante service.”

Following his appointment as the spearhead of the North-Central Security Committee, the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reiterated his Government’s commitment to providing a safe and
peaceful environment in the State, vowing that he will intensify efforts to root out all forms of criminality in Kogi State.

The fight against insecurity has been boosted by the donations of some brand new four-wheel-drive operational vehicles to the State Government by the Dangote Group. Read our news article about the donations from Dangote Group by clicking on this link.

Governor Yahaya Bello in attendance at the Nigeria Police’s North Central Regional Security Summit in January, 2020

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