Incidence of Kidnapping in kogi state is taking a frightening dimension. The crime that was alien to this part of the country has cut the fancy of the youths in the state recently. The concerned have been operating at full force all this while, sending sorrow and anguish to many homes. Their activity so peaked to the extent that both roads that runs through the state and homes of individual are no longer safe, since the invasion of these hooligans. For sometimes now, the hooligans had laid siege on the state, playing their scripts with reckless abandon; not minding the stand of the law against the trade.
Recently, the capital city, Lokoja was awashed with stories of how travellers who runs into these hoodlums were plucked out of their vehicle and forced to contact their family for a ransom to be settled.
“Until we reach a place after Okene town, where we ran into an unexpected barricade, it was a smooth journey right from Benin. Suddenly, some co-passegers who show aura of good living by their body built up were fished out. We later learnt that they were made to put a call through, where ransom were placed and paid”, an eye witnessed who craved anonymity revealed this recently in Lokoja.
However, despite the seeming upsurge of this crime, kidnapping, the outgoing commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi said the command had been equal to the task, stressing that he had been able to stem the rising tide of criminal activities, particularly the unexpected incidence of kidnapping and armed robbery in the state.
The last batch of kidnappers that was paraded by the former commissioner of Police, Ogunjemilusi before he handed over the command to his successor shows their activities knew no bounds. It also brought to the fore that the kidnappers are changing approach and clients. Suddenly, it appears they have decided to extend their search for money into the Lord’s vineyard. A case of suspects, Muhammed Abubakar and Ali Sumaila that are presently cooling off in the Police cell is a strong pointer in this direction.
At the state command headquarters, Lokoja last week where the duo were paraded, they never betray their emotion. Their story was direct and full of emotion. Perhaps, their regret may be that they did not achieve their target before the move turned awry.
“We learnt of certain money in the pastor’s house. We went there to collect the money. He refused to open his door when we ordered him. So, when we had our way in, one of us shot his son that was sleeping inside the room”, Abubakar expressed.
The suspect (Abubakar) who said their intention was not to harm anyone in the house but to collect the money and go out quietly disclosed that why he and his colleagues were trying to gain entry into the pastor’s house, he was shot at and picked the bullets in his waist areas of his body.
Explaining further, Abubakar said he managed to escape from the Pastor’s compound after he was shot at by the help of his two colleagues, Ali Sumaila and one Kasim Nuhu, whom Police said is presently at large.
“I was caught by the Police authority at Igbamaka in a native doctor’s house where my colleagues took me to, for the bullets in my body to be removed”, Abubakar said.
According to the CP Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi , on August 5, at about 0800hrs, one Evagelist Andrew Adejoh reported at Ankpa Divional Police Station that on the same day at about 0100hrs some people invaded his house and in the melee that ensued, his 8-year old boy, Rejoice Andrew was shots in his stomach.
The Police boss added that the boy just survived by act of divine intervention, saying, he had to undergo 4 major operation at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja before he could be revived from the gunshots.
He said that his men swung into action shortly after the incident was reported, saying that their effort later paid off when acting on a tip off, the suspects were arrested at a native doctor’s place where one of them went for treatment for gun wound.
While he stressed that the Police authority is on the trail of the third suspect, kashim Nuhu, believed to be the gang leader, Ogunjemilusi noted that the arrest of the suspects has made the command to recover an AK 47 that was snatched from one of his officers, Cpl Agbonika Amos that was attacked by hooligans on August 7 at Ankpa Local government chairman’s quarters.
The suspects that will soon be charged to court have been slammed with offence of Criminal conspiracy, Unlawful posses of firearm and armed robbery.

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