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Police Intercept Heavily Armed Kidnap Suspects

Police Intercept Heavily Armed Kidnap Suspects

The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) set up by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has recorded a major breakthrough in Rivers and Bayelsa states.

A statement by the spokesman for the police, DCP Don Awunah, reveals that the feat as the team setup its targeted onslaught against crime and criminality throughout Nigeria.

Acting on credible intelligence and public support on November 29, 2016, the IRT intercepted a four-man gang of heavily armed suspected kidnappers, popularly known for terrorising the waterways in Rivers and Bayelsa states.

A gun duel ensued, after which three of the kidnappers were fatally wounded while one 30-year-old James Peter from Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State was arrested.

Awunah said the arrested member of the gang has since been cooperating with the police in their investigation by providing valuable information on the membership of the gang and how they operate.

Weapons recovered from the suspected kidnappers include one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one AK47 rifle, chains of GPMG ammunition and two fully loaded AK47 magazines.

The police spokesman said efforts are in top gear to arrest fleeing members of the gang and recover their cache of arms.

Meanwhile, IGP Idris has urged Nigerians to always provide security agencies with valuable information and assured them of renewed commitment on the part of the force in the fight against crime and antisocial behaviour.