Two days after three kidnappers were killed in the heart of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, by members of the Police, Military Joint Taskforce, code name Operation Zenda, the team yesterday clamped down on another kidnapping syndicate in Logo local government area of the state killing one suspect.
The state police public relations officer (PPRO) DSP Catherine Anene in a statement disclosed that the operation after a long gun battle led to the arrest of three suspected kidnappers and the rescue of a businessman, Mr Peter Ogbonna of Ugba town who was abducted.
According to her the victim was rescued unhurt and has since been reunited with his family.
“Today (4/8/2021) the command receive information that gunmen who kidnapped Mr Ogbonna were in a hideout at Tse-Atoov, Alabar, Logo LGA, the operatives quickly swung into action by invading the hideout. On sighting the police, the suspects engaged them in an exchange of fire but the police were able to subdue them and three (3) of the suspects were arrested at the scene,” she said.
She added that, “One of the suspects who sustained gunshot injuries, was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead and his corpse has been deposited at the morgue while two of them identified as Yakyuur Aondona and Teryange Myina are currently undergoing interrogation.”
The PPRO explained that the operation was part of ongoing efforts by the police to rid the state of kidnappers.
“Still on the ongoing operation to clamp down on kidnappers in the state, police operatives from Operation Zenda crack squad extended their work to Logo local government area where three kidnappers were arrested and one killed,” she said.
Anene explained further that one fabricated berretta pistol with four rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the kidnappers.
She also said cordon and search operation is ongoing in the area to arrest fleeing suspects with gunshot wounds. The PPRO advised members of the public with useful information about the whereabouts of the suspects to quickly inform the police for necessary action.