Security operatives and a local vigilante group have rescued three more victims of Thursday’s kidnap on the Lokoja-Abuja highway.
Among the three rescued victims, who are all indigenes of Imo, was a pregnant woman.
The Chairman of Kogi/Koto Local Government Area, Mr Dauda Aliyu, confirmed this in a statement in Lokoja.
“The commendable display of collaboration between security forces and local vigilante in the state resulted in the rescue of the three victims, who were abducted on the Lokoja-Abuja highway last Thursday.
“The security operatives including the Police, Army, Department of State Services and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps had initially rescued 10 victims on Friday, as disclosed by retired Commodore Jerry Omodara, the Security Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello.
“These recent developments mark a significant breakthrough in the ongoing efforts to combat criminal activities in Kogi and the North Central region.
“It is a signal that the administration of Gov Bello remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens whereby no victim will be left to suffer in the hands of criminal elements,” he said.
The council boss further said that security operatives were determined to root out criminals from every nook and cranny of the state to give room for peace, growth and development.
Aliyu expressed confidence in Bello’s formidable security architecture and his resolve to maintain this robust approach until his tenure on Jan 27, 2024.
“Bello’s focus remains on sustaining the security achievements for the benefit and security of the people of Kogi.
“Unfortunately, one of the victims had a miscarriage during the rescue,” he said.