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Police kill suspected kidnappers, gunrunners, recover weapons

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A set of kidnappers and gunrunners responsible for terrorising different states have been neutralised by officers of the Nigeria Police Force on Thursday.

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The statement read, “The FID-IRT of the Nigeria Police Force has recorded yet another feat in the ongoing fight against crime and criminality in the country, as part of the sustained efforts to cleanse the system of criminals, most especially kidnappers.

“In the early hours of February 8, 2024, some notorious kidnappers and gun runners, who have been terrorising Abuja, Kaduna, Kogi, and Nasarawa states, were neutralised by IRT operatives at their hideout around Gitata, along Keffi Gidan Wire Road, Nasarawa State. Similarly, four AK47 rifles, weapons, and a bag of ammunition were recovered.

“These neutralised individuals have also been involved in supplying arms to bandits operating within the same axis.”

The statement added that the NPF will continue to employ all necessary measures to rid communities of criminal elements and maintain peace and order across the nation.

The PUNCH reported in January that operatives of the Special Intervention Squad, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, neutralised three notorious bandits in a forest within the Bwari area of Abuja.

Same month, a kidnap kingpin identified as Janari, who was said to have masterminded several kidnappings within Kaduna State and Abuja, alongside some of his foot soldiers were killed during operations conducted by the air component of Operation Whirl Punch in Kaduna state.

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