It was a display of professional bravery for hunters in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State who shot dead two suspected kidnappers while two victims were rescued in an early morning operation on Sunday.
Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State last week gave an order to security agencies, including local vigilantes in the state to put an end to the activities of kidnappers and armed robbers along Ajaokuta-Itobe-Ochadamu-Ejule-Anyigba with immediate effect.
Reacting to the development, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity of the Okehi LGA, King Habeeb, stated that the operation, which took place at Upogoro hill was a result of credible intelligence reports from men of Okehi LG Joint Task Force.
According to him, the gang has been terrorising Okene-Lokoja and Okene-Auchi roads of the state before being nabbed, and in the process, one of the kidnappers was shot dead during exchange of gunshots while one was apprehended, who later gave up before arriving hospital.
The hunters also rescued two victims from the kidnappers namely Mallam Sanni Uwaiti and Ramatu Tukur, both of toll gate area along Okene and Ajoakuta area.
The council boss promised to do everything necessary to make the area safe for people to go about their lawful business.
According to the executive chairman, “We shall leave no stone unturned in a bid to rid Okehi LGA and our environs of all forms of criminality,”.
Ohiare in addition commended the governor for choosing security of life and property of Kogi citizen as his top priority.
The use of hunters and vigilantes to assist the Police in tackling security challenges posed by kidnappers has proved to be effective in Kogi State. In April 2022, the Kogi State Vigilantes arrested three suspected kidnappers who carried out their acts along the Ochadamu, Itobe – Lokoja roads.