The Nigerian Police Force said it has recorded a major breakthrough in disarming kidnappers and other criminals in Rivers and Bayelsa states in its onslaught against crime and criminality throughout the country.The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP, Don N. Awunah, fsi, in a statement on Thursday said the IRT, acting on credible intelligence and public support, has intercepted heavily armed notorious kidnappers terrorizing the waterways of Rivers and Bayelsa.
According to the statement, “Acting on credible intelligence and public support, on the 29th of November, 2016, the IRT intercepted a four-man gang of heavily armed kidnappers, notorious for terrorizing the waterways and kidnapping in Rivers and Bayelsa states, along Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on their way for an operation.
“A gun duel ensued, after which three of the kidnappers were fatally wounded while one James Peter ‘m’ aged 30 years from Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State was arrested.
“The arrested member of the gang has since been cooperating with the police in their investigation by providing very valuable information on the membership of the gang and their modus of operation.
“Weapons recovered from the kidnappers include one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one AK47 rifle, chains of GPMG ammunition and two fully loaded AK47 magazines. Efforts are in top gear to arrest fleeing members of the gang and recover their cache of arms.”