By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Kogi State security operatives in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State over the weekend killed a kidnap kingpin in a gun duel.
The deceased criminal was known for his numerous ventures of kidnapping and armed robbery and
was once reported to have kidnapped his own farther and collected a ransom of 4 million naira.
It was reliably gathered that he was always in the eyes of the law enforcement agency but met his waterloo when encountered by security operatives in the area on Saturday.
Our correspondent gathered that a combined operation led by Olamaboro Local Government Chairman, Hon. Adejoh Friday Nicodemus involving both teams from the neighborhood nabbed another kidnap agent identified as Kizito Ocheme alias Igbo.
The culprit kidnapped and terrorized between Olamaboro Local government and Otukpa branch of Ogbadibo Local government of Beñnue State but was apprehended while trying to escape from the security operatives in the area.
The Local Government Chairman, Hon Adejoh Friday stated that the efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello and the entire leadership of Kogi State Government to guarantee the safety of lives and property is yielding good results as criminals now find Kogi as a no-go area.
In his reaction, Governor Bello who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed expressed that the Local Government were the framework upon which the government structure was laid hence if issues of security were resolved effectively at that level, it would reflect positively on the state.
He stated that the results they were recording were largely owed to the morale boost and support the Governor has continued to give as well as the cooperation from the citizens and synergy between the security operatives and commended security agencies in the state for their effort in ensuring peace in the state.
As at the time of filling in the report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Kogi Police Command, DSP. William Aya, could not be reached through his mobile Phone.