Gallant Police officers on Monday morning, foiled an attempt by
suspected kidnappers to hijack a Lagos bound 15-seater commercial around
Rumuji, in Emohua Local Government area of East-West road of Rivers
State. Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni,
who confirmed the incident said that as soon as the kidnappers sighted
the commercial bus, they started firing at it from the bush to force it
to stop.

But some policemen arrived the scene and engaged the
hoodlums in a gun duel, thereby, forcing the hoodlums to flee into the
nearby bush. The policemen chased the suspects into the bush and
eventually, killed three of them, while five others were arrested. The
arrested suspects are helping the police as they under are undergoing
interrogation.

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DSP Omoni further said the Police had assisted the
rest of the passengers to continue their journey to Lagos but the
driver of the bus could not continue the journey because of the bullet
wound he sustained during the battle between the Police and hoodlums.

“The
kidnappers emerged from the bush and shot at the tyre of bus. Since
launching of the “Operation Sting”,we are very much on ground. We
sighted them and they opened fire. We returned fire, killed three of
them and arrested five who are helping us with investigation. We had to
make alternative arrangements for the passengers to continue their
journey to Lagos, while the driver who sustained minor injury was taken
to the hospital”

Today’s incident is one major breakthrough since
Governor Nyesom Wike launched “Operation Sting”on July 26,2019. Wike
said the initiative is a signal for criminals to understand there is no
hiding place for them in the state.

“Operation Sting is our own specialized security initiative anchored on an integrated and coordinated approach fully funded by the Rivers state government to effectively tackle both the sources and drivers of insecurity. The operation is also to fight against every security threat to our state, our persons and our properties in order to create the right social environment to drive our development. Under Operation Sting we have taken concrete steps to strengthen logistics and operational capability of the civil and armed security forces,” he said.

Source:- LIB

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