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Kidnapping attempt along Abuja – Lokoja highway foil by vigilante group

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THE Vigilantes group on Saturday foiled an attempt by some suspected kidnappers to abduct travellers in Adabo village, along Abuja – Lokoja expressway.

An eyewitnesses who spoke on phone with our reporter on Sunday said that the gunmen suddenly emerged from the bush in order to flag down vehicles on the highway, saying the vigilante members immediately went after them.

According to him, the vigilante members summoned courage after they engaged the gunmen in shoot-out with their locally-made guns, which according to him forced the kidnappers to flee into the bush.

“They actually came out around 10:00am on Saturday, in order to kidnap travellers; immediately we got the information, we went after them and engaged them in shoot-out.

As they heard the sound of our gun shots, they fled into the bush,” he said.

A motorist, who simply identified himself as Francis, said his vehicle almost ran into the kidnappers’ ambush but for the timely intervention of the vigilante members who chased them away into the bush.

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“I was actually conveying passengers from Lokoja on my way to Zuba, when I sighted the gunmen some metres away. As I attempted to reverse, some vigilante men from a nearby village came and engaged them,” he said.

Meanwhile all effort to speak with spokesman of the Kogi state Police Command, DSP Williams Aya, proved abortive as his line was switch off as at the time of filling the report.


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