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Hunters arrest six kidnappers, rescue 19 victims in Kogi

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AbdulAhad Otuoze

Six kidnappers have been arrested by Hunters Group of Nigeria in Kogi and rescued 19 kidnapped victims at kabba junction in Adavi Local government area
following a tipoff.

The Chairman of the group, Mr Inusa Bature, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on Sunday said the suspects were linked to the recent Kidnapping in the area.

His words “We got the information that some travellers were kidnapped,we swiftly mobilised to the identified
location where they had contact and engaged the criminals in fire fight.

“During the encounter, we overwhelmed the bandits and shot one of them, while others took to their heels. We later arrested six out of twelve kidnappers as we are optimistic that the remaining 6 would be arrested’.

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One of the victims, Mr Magaji Francis said they were traveling to Adamawa from Lagos on reaching kabba junction, their vehicle was stopped by kidnappers and
four of them were kidnapped.

“They selected four of us while they freed the driver and some passengers, they ceased our phones after they
communicated with our families and demanded for ₦50 million ransom” he said.

He explained further that their captors were Fulanis and they beat them with Cutlass, starve them, tight them
and threatened to kill them if their relatives failed to pay the ransom.

“We thank Hunters Group of Nigeria for saving our lives, it’s them that God used to rescue us” he said.

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Another victim who spent three days in the hands of kidnappers narrated her experience ” My name is Akangi Saidu, we are traveling to Lagos from Adamawa,we were kidnapped at about 3 am along
Lokoja- Okene road, they collected our money and phones.”

One of the Kidnappers who confess said “Am from Zaria in Kaduna state, while two others are from Katsina state, we were invited by Oga and Yello to take part in a Kidnapping operation along Lokoja – Okene highway

“We are twelve in number that kidnapped our victims and collected₦1.5 million before we were arrested by the hunters.

However, the Chairman of Adavi Local Council Mr.Joseph Salami, who visited some of the victims at Alheri hospital kabba junction, described the situations
as pathetic.

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Salami commended the HGN and other security agencies for their efforts toward curbing crime in the area. Items recovered from suspects are two toy local guns, army uniforms and Eight mobile phones among others.

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