Notorious kidnappers killed: Two notorious members of a kidnapping syndicate who allegedly abducted some Pastors at Odukpani Local government area of Rivers state have been killed by the state Police Command.
The duo notorious kidnappers killed, identified as Famous and Rapheal were neutralised by operatives of the Anti Cultism and Kidnapping Squad, ACKS, Sting Unit and Op Akpakwu ( government house) during a covert operation based on credible intelligence.
NigeriaCrime.com gathered that the suspects were responsible for the kidnap of some Pastors who went to church planting at Creek Town, Odukpani LGA of the state.
The Pastors had gone for a Church planting ceremony at Creek Town when they were kidnapped along the Waterways by then unknown assailants who were later paid 10 million naira as ransom for their release.
Confirming the incident, CP Aminu Alhassan said, “It is true that we neutralized two kidnap kingpins involved in the kidnap of some Pastors who went to church planting at Creek Town, Odukpani LGA of the state.
“Two couldn’t make it alive, while the third who is now at large, was severely injured during a gun duel, we also want to appeal to locals to be on the lookout for anyone with gun wounds in their community.
“Remember we had earlier warned that we will no longer wait for them( Criminals) to commit crime, we shall keep smoking them out from their various camps, hideouts.
“Especially as we have entered Ember-months, we want to urge law-abiding citizens to be more vigilant and don’t take security for granted because it’s everybody’s business, but as a Command we will keep pressing for the mark, we will keep giving our best.
“We want to also assure tourists coming for carnival, visitors alike to come and live and be at rest, their safety is guaranteed, ” he said.
The gang have been terrorising the inhabitants of the area for a long until they were burst by Anti Kidnapping Squad and other units attached to the government house.
Findings showed that a Pastor of the Apostolic Church and three others (names withheld) went for church planting, it was on their way to the location that they were intercepted by the hoodlums.
A security source who pleaded anonymity told us that the incident happened on the 18th of August, 2022, when the Pastor and Academic Doctor led three others to set up a church branch, it was in their way that they were Kidnapped.
“They got 10, 000, 0000 naira they demanded, although they had earlier made a 20,000, 000 naira demand, the families of the victims and Church could not raise such.
“In the long run, they were able to come up with 10, 000, 000 naira which was later given to the kidnappers who freed their four victims.
“At about 6: am while acting on credible intelligence one Raphael Paul, Famous and Richard were burst in their hideout, on sighting the operatives, they opened fire.
“Famous and Raphael couldn’t make as thief corpse have been deposited at the morgue in UCTH while Richard escaped until the creeks with severe gunshot injuries, two locally made pistols were also recovers including other ammunitions,” the source said.
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