The Police in Taraba state have said that five suspected kidnappers were killed by its officers and men in Garba-Chede, Gassol Local Government Area of the state.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, ASP David Misal, made this known at a press conference on Saturday in Jalingo.
Misal said that the suspects were shot dead by the police in an exchange of gunfi re following a failed attempt to kidnap one Alhaji Yakubu Atiku, a resident of the area.
“The operatives attached to Bali Division on March 30 at 2300 hrs engaged a group of armed men suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers.
“The hoodlums on the same date invaded the residence of one Alhaji Yakubu Atiku of Garba-Chede in an attempt to kidnap him.
The report was received with swift reaction from our operatives which led to an exchange of fi re from both sides.
“With the superior fi re power of our gallant officers, five members of the gang were shot dead while others escaped with bullet wounds,” he said.
Misal said one AK47 rifle, one pump action, two single barrel guns, 16 cartridges, three expended 7.62mm ammunition, two expended cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.
He assured that the police would leave no stone unturned until they reduced the nefarious acts of kidnapping and armed robbery to the barest minimum as directed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr David Akinremi.