The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Aya in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday said the Police Command in the State arrested three suspected kidnappers, recovered one Dane gun, two cartridges, food items and N45,000.
Ovye Aya said the arrest of the suspects was effected on Tuesday, based on intelligence tip-off on criminal hideouts along Auchi-Okene Road.
According to him the Divisional Police Officer, Okene Division, S.O Muhammad Nasir ISA, promptly swung into action, mobilised his team, moved to the scene and arrested the suspects.
He gave the names of the suspects as Mohammed Shehu, Idris Suleiman and Abubakar Ibrahim.
“The suspects confessed belonging to a gang terrorising Okene and its environs. Items recovered from them include one Dane gun, two cartridges, food items and the sum of N45,000. Investigation is in progress. Suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation,” he said.
The PPRO added that the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, attached to Okene Division, in an intelligence-led operation in collaboration with the Professional Hunters Association along Okene-Lagos Road, on Monday intercepted and recovered twelve Cows suspected to have been rustled.
He said when the suspects sighted the security forces, they abandoned the cows and took to their heels, assuring that “efforts are on to trail suspects with a view to apprehending them for justice.