Joint Patrol Team Arrests 10 Suspected Kidnappers in Kogi and Benue

A joint patrol team comprising the Nigeria Police and the Kogi East Neighbourhood Watch (KEWN) have arrested 10 suspected kidnappers terrorizing Kogi and Benue States.

The suspects, who are alleged to be herders, have been operating across border states. They were arrested in Ogugu community in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State and Orokamu/Otukpa axis in Benue State.

Three of the suspects were arrested in Kogi State while seven other gang members were arrested in the Gidanrawa Trailer Park Hotel in Otukpa, Benue State.

Those arrested in Benue State have been handed over to the Benue State Police Command while the other three suspects are currently being interrogated by the Police in Lokoja Kogi State.

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer SP William Ovye Aya who confirmed this on Friday said that the suspects were arrested following a tip-off.

"When we arrested the three suspects here in Kogi State, they confessed that they have gang members whose hideout is Gidanrawa Trailer Park Hotel in Otukpa, Benue State. Immediately, security operatives, including vigilantes, went there and arrested seven of them," he said.

"We later handed over seven of the suspects to the Police Command in Benue State for further action while the three suspects arrested in Kogi were ferried to Lokoja the Kogi State capital for further investigation," he stated.

The arrests are a major breakthrough in the fight against kidnapping in the two states. The police are urging residents to continue to provide information that will help them to apprehend other criminals.

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