By: Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja.
The Police headquarters on Sunday disclosed that in line with the IGP’s stated commitment to curb all forms of crimes and criminality, especially incidences of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country, Police Operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, on 9th April, 2019 at about 6:30am arrested three (3) notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.
A statement by DCP Frank MBA, Force Public Relations Officer named the suspects as Hanniel Patrick 29years from Akwa Ibom State, Abdulwahab Isah 28years and Salisu Mohammed 32years both from Kogi State have made useful statement to the Police.
It said investigation revealed that Mr. Friday Okeregbe was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals.
“However, on that fateful day, 22nd March, 2019, at 07:45pm, he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location in Lugbe, Abuja.
“Investigation further revealed that the victim was taken to the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo, Abuja and kept incommunicado afterwards.
“The Police have also recovered from the kidnappers a locally made revolver gun, three (3) live AK47 ammunitions, a battle axe, phones and masks with which they blindfold their victims.
“Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has reassured the general public that the Police and other security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to tame the challenges of kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the Country.
“He, however, enjoins them to always avail the Police with useful information that will help in realizing these objectives.
In a similar vein, the Police headquarters disclosed that in continuation of the onslaught against armed bandits and kidnappers along Abuja-Kaduna highway (Operation Puff Adder), its operatives during the week gunned down nine (9) notorious criminals terrorizing travellers on the road.
According to DCP Frank Mba, Police operatives after the exchange of gunfire recovered several arms and ammunition from the criminal gangs.
He said, ” The unrelenting efforts to root out criminal elements terrorizing commuters along Abuja – Kaduna expressway recorded additional successes on 10th April 2019, with the recovery of six 6 Ak47 rifles, 1 pump action gun, 1,206 rounds of Ak47 ammunition, 7 magazines, 28 Cartridges and 158 expended shells by Police operatives attached to Operation Puff adder deployed to the area.
‘The recovery followed a serious exchange of gun fire encounter, between the police operatives and a heavily armed notorious criminal gang at the Akilbu Forest, off Abuja-Kaduna Expressway , which resulted in the death of nine (9) members of the gang while two (2) escaped with gunshot wounds.
“One of the police operatives however sustained gunshot wound and he is presently receiving treatment in a hospital.
“Effort is being intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.
“While expressing satisfaction with the successes recorded so far in the fight against kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the Country, the Inspector General Police, Ag. IGP M. A. Adamu reiterates his call for support by the public to the Police and other sister agencies, as he gives the assurance that the war against armed bandits will soon be won”.