The Rivers State Police Command on Saturday said it raided the hideout of suspected kidnappers in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of the state.
Axcording to the police, one of the suspected kidnappers fleeing was killed in the process, while also adding that the recovered cache of arms and ammunition were allegedly being used to terrorise motorists and passengers along the Ogoni-Uyo axis of East-West Road.
The spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, who briefed journalists in Port Harcourt on Saturday about the development, listed the arms and ammunition recovered from the hoodlums to include one GPMG, one SMG and two G-3 rifles, one rocket launcher, five pump action guns and 933 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.
Others were: 1,111 rounds of 5.56mm, 222 rounds of 9mm, 909 rounds of 7.62mm, 74 rounds of 9mm of live ammunition, 728 live cartridges, four AK-47 magazines, two G-3 magazines and one SMG magazine.
The police spokesman said: ‘’The hoodlums who took flight on sighting the police, are alleged to be responsible for the kidnappings and robberies along the Ogoni-Uyo area of the East-West Road.
‘’One of the kidnappers, Samuel Napoo, who had earlier been arrested and whose confession led police to the forest, however, attempted to escape but was immediately demobilised with a shot in his leg. He was rushed to UPTH, where he was confirmed dead.’’
According to Omoni, efforts had been intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.
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