A suspected kidnapper in Adamawa has been gunned down by operatives of the State Police Command who worked alongside local hunters. Two kidnapped victims at Kiri village in Toungo L.G.A of the state have also been saved.
SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje revealed this in a statement on Sunday, 9th April, saying that the kidnapper was shot dead at the delivery point where he and his gang were supposed to collect a N2m ransom from the family of a victim.
The statement read: “Further to the Command’s renewed commitment to enhance proactive strategies, on 9/4/2023, the police operatives attached to Toungo Divisional police Headquarters, in a joint operation with hunters smashed a criminal network connecting part of Toungo and Gashaka local government areas of Adamawa and Taraba States following the kidnapping of two victims from the family of one Alhaji Bako.
“One among the kidnappers was neutralized when they arrived at a point to receive Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) ransom demanded from the relatives of the kidnapped victims before freeing them.
“The suspected kidnappers upon arrival, sighted our men around the Area, engaged them in a gun duel in order to escape arrest, Luckily one (1) of them was neutralized while others escaped with bullet wounds.
“Two victims, Suleiman Abdullahi, 23, and Ruwa Buba,11years, all residents of Mayo Sumsum Village, Toungo local government rescued unharmed.”
The PPRO stated that their recent successes on such cases are owed to the strategies that have been designed by the Command to curb crimes like abduction, armed robbery, cattle rustling, unlawful possession of firearms, and the list goes on.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Afolabi Babatola, has praised DPO Toungo, his men and the co-operative hunters for the agile performance at stopping crime.
He also directed them to swiftly pursue the others who escaped and apprehend them so they do not re-organize anywhere else in the state, adding that the residents should also help the Police out with any vital information.