Operatives of the Plateau State Police Command have killed a notorious kidnapper at Shimakarr village of Shandam Local Government Area and arrested three other suspects over criminal conspiracy and armed robbery in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Isaac Akinmoyede, disclosed this while presenting the corpse and other suspects to newsmen on Wednesday in Jos.
Akinmoyede said the kidnapper was shot and killed on Tuesday during a gun duel with the police, but his colleagues escaped
He vowed to decisively deal with criminals in the state, attributing the feat achieved to the commitment and resilience of the command’s officers and men.
He said: “Yesterday, at about 7am, one Rev. Ganko Istifanus of Church of Christ in Nation, Shimakarr, reported to us that at about 5:30am, gunmen came to his residence and kidnapped his son, Godsave Damen, and two others to an unknown destination.
“Immediately we received the information, a combined team of policemen, vigilante and hunters were mobilised to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle.
“In the process, one of the kidnappers was shot dead, while others took to their heels.
“We recovered one AK-47 rifle and 21 empty wheels of live ammunition.”
The commissioner further said the three other suspects arrested over armed robbery were nabbed at Nasarawa Gwong community of Jos North amd Gyel community of Jos South local government areas.
Akinmoyede said: “Similarly, we have arrested one Sunday Alfa and Uzaifa Adam at Nasarawa Gwong community of Jos North over armed robbery activities.
“The suspects are members of the elusive motorcycle snatching syndicate terrorising Jos and environs.
“Also, one Isaiah Lawrence of Gyel community of Jos South was arrested by operatives of Operation Puff Adder and the Anti kidnapping unit of the command.
“Exhibits recovered from the suspects included English Barreta pistol with six rounds of 9mm live ammunition, one locally made revolver pistol, a knife, tricycle and a motorcycle.”
Akinmoyede said the suspects would be charged to court after thorough investigation.
He assured members of the public of the command’s readiness to combat all forms of crimes in the state and called on the residents to support the police and other security agencies to rid the area of criminal elements.