Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Forty five suspects allegedly involved in various criminalities across Kogi State have been apprehended by the police in Kogi Command in collaboration with a special task force set up by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to bring the rising wave of kidnapping and armed banditry in the state under control.
Force Public Relations Officer Emmanuel Ojukwu who disclosed this while parading the suspects before newsmen in Lokoja, noted that the state police command was complemented with 300 strong mobile personnel drawn from different formation across the country.
He said among those arrested was one Isa Sunday Omuya also known as Cat or Sunday Moscow in Ihima, in the central Senatorial district of the state, where one AK-47 rifle with 13 rounds of ammunition were recovered from him. He added that further investigation revealed that the recovered rifle was snatched from Corporal Apogu Dzakwa who was shot dead on the 18th of last month, along Ayere/Ajowa road in Ijumu local government.
The force spokesman further disclosed that the deceased officer was on escort duties of an expatriate engineer, Karunadasa Dorawaka of BoriniProno Construction Company. While stressing that the suspect has admitted the crime and named hiscriminal gang, including one Salami Abdulazeez also known as Target, he pointed out that Omuya has equally admitted several other armed robberies and kidnapping escapades along Okene-Lokoja highway and Kabba road.
Ojukwu equally revealed that five suspected armed robbers/cattle rustlers were apprehended on the 4th of this month along the Lokoja- Ajaokuta road, saying the suspects always emerge from the bush to rob unsuspecting motorists. Similarly, the police spokesman disclosed that seven other suspects who take delight in robbing motorists along Okpella-Auchi-Okene highway with reckless abandon have been arrested by the men of the task force.
Ojukwu maintained that the observation of the task force about the deploration security situation in Kogi State was the unwholesome engagement of youths in thuggery and political violence by highly placed politicians, who have over the years recycled the hoodlums.
He said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase regretted the death of Corporal Benjamin Agada who died in the course of the operation, pointing out that the fallen police officer was felled by enemy’s bullet at Itake-Eika junction, in the central axis of Kogi State.
While commending the members of the task force for their diligence and professionalism, the force spokesman commended Governor Idris Wada for his support and co-operation in the fight against crime in the state. He disclosed that the N5 million promised by Governor Wada to any good citizen that would assist the task force with useful information was still up for grabs, assuring that such timely information would be treated with confidentiality.