Security operatives in Anambra State have killed four suspected kidnappers who specialise in terrorising motorists and residents along the Nkpor-Umuoji-Ideani Road in the state.
The Anambra Vigilante Group in collaboration with the police were said to have carried out the operation on the criminal gang on Sunday after a charge by the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
This is according to a press statement by the state governor’s Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, in Awka on Tuesday.
Aburime stated that the governor had also warned criminals operating in that axis to desist or be ready to meet their waterloo from the security forces who have taken over the axis to protect and safeguard the citizens
The statement read, “The gang of kidnappers who had hitherto terrorised innocent citizens along the Nkpor-Umuoji-Ideani axis paid dearly with their lives when security forces acting on intelligence report swooped on the areas and after an intense gun battle effectively dispatched four of the deadly criminals to the great beyond and also made some arrests.
“It will be recalled that Governor Chukwuma Soludo has repeatedly warned that there is no space for any criminalities in Anambra State. Hence zero tolerance has been declared by the governor on any form of criminal activities in the state.
“It will also be recalled that the governor on the assumption of office within a short period of time successfully reduced kidnapping and other criminalities in the state to the barest minimum.
“Based on this success, Governor Soludo has received continuous commendations from Ndi Anambra for reclaiming the state from the firm grip of deadly criminals who have now turned criminalities into a profitable enterprise.”
Aburime added that after successfully neutralising the kidnappers, the security operatives recovered a Lexus Sports Utility Vehicle and some sophisticated weapons, including charms tied around their waists.
He also disclosed that those arrested are currently cooling off in detention and are helping the security agencies in their investigation to unravel the whereabouts of other kidnappers who are on the run.