The police in Lokoja on Saturday rescued three kidnap victims from their abductors after six days in captivity.
Mohammed Salisu Cache, Abdulraq Mohammed and Abdulraq Anataku were all rescued unhurt, according to the Kogi State Police Command.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, said that the victims were kidnapped at about 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2019, at Eika/Itakpe junction, off Lokoja-Okene Road.
He noted that they were traveling in a vehicle from Lokoja when kidnappers opened fire on their vehicle and killed a co-traveler, Mrs Afusat Suberu, on the spot, and thereafter abducted the three.
Aya said that the victims regained their freedom when a combined team of operatives from Federal Anti-Robbery Squad Special Forces, Police Mobile Force as well as conventional police officers were mobilised for a massive manhunt for them.
Aya said that the effort led to the victims’ safe release from a thick forest where they were kept by the kidnappers.
“After some intensive pressures from the team of operatives, the kidnappers released all the three victims unhurt,” Aya said.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ede Ekpeji, said that the police would continue to collaborate with other security agencies to make the state safe and secure.
He called on members of the public to volunteer timely and credible information to the police on the activities of criminal elements.