Police Raid Bandits’ Hideouts in Kogi State: One Killed, Three Arrested

by Ohepo Ohepo

Lokoja, Kogi State – The Nigeria Police Force has reported a successful operation by operatives from the Utako Divisional headquarters, targeting bandit hideouts in Chikara, Kogi State, which borders the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Zuba, Abuja. The operation resulted in the death of one suspect and the arrest of three others.

According to FCT Police Public Relations Officer SP Josephine Adeh, the raid was led by CSP Victor Godfrey. During the operation, the police recovered an English pump-action gun, a locally fabricated pistol, two live cartridges, cutlasses, knives, and items believed to be charms from the suspects.

SP Adeh detailed that the suspects arrested during the operation, which took place between June 8 and 13, are 27-year-old Mahammadu Isa from Dantata area of Abuja, 27-year-old Likita Idris from Kogi State, and 22-year-old Isiyaku Muhammedu from Kogi State.

“The sudden appearance of the police operatives in the kidnapper’s camp resulted in a gun duel. However, the bandits were overwhelmed by the firepower of the police operative, as one of the bandits by name Abdusallam Abdulkadir got hit during crossfire, and the three suspects were arrested,” SP Adeh stated.

The suspects have reportedly confessed to being involved in a series of kidnapping incidents and other heinous crimes in the FCT and its environs. The ongoing investigation aims to uncover more details about their criminal activities.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, reiterated the command’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of residents in the nation’s capital. He urged residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activities using the police emergency lines: 08032003913, 08028940883, 08061581938, and 07057337653, or through PCB: 09022222352, CRU: 08107314192.

This successful operation highlights the ongoing efforts of the Nigeria Police Force to combat banditry and ensure the security of communities across the country.

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