Police in shootout with kidnappers in Adamawa


From Onimisi Alao, Yola

Police in Adamawa State have decimated a gang of suspected kidnappers, killing three, while three others fled with severe bullet wounds, it was learnt.

Police spokesman Suleiman Nguroje, a deputy superintendent, said on Monday in a statement that operatives overpowered the suspects.

Nguroje said, “The Adamawa State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on the 15/3/2020 between the hours of 10 and 11pm, the command in collaboration with hunters went after the kidnappers  and killers of Alhaji Panyo Kojoli.

Read also: Adamawa: Police nab 48 Shilla Boys; receive 11 ‘repentant’ kidnappers

“The criminals who armed  themselves with guns and dangerous weapons engaged our operatives in a shootout, as a result of which three of the kidnappers were gunned down while three escaped with bullet wounds.”

“The command also recovered one AK 47 assault rifle with four live ammunition and charms from the kidnappers.”

Our correspondent reports that the Adamawa police command appears to have stepped up anti-crime activities recently.

Just before the weekend, the command narrated how its operatives went after a gang of highway armed robbers, killing one of them.

Last Tuesday, the state Commissioner of Police Audu Madaki paraded 60 suspects comprising 48 young elements suspected to be members of a youth criminal gang known in the state as Shilla Boys. Among the 60 also were five suspected kidnappers, four rape suspects and three armed robbery suspects. The CP also presented 11 ‘repentant kidnappers’ who surrendered their arms.

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