Globaltimes reports that a group of security forces, including the Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and local vigilantes, successfully rescued 21 kidnapped individuals on the Ajaokuta-Itobe Road in Kogi State.
On Thursday, December 28, 2023, a group of abducted individuals, comprising travelers, students, and Comprehensive High School, Ajaokuta staff, were confirmed to have been taken to an undisclosed location in the thick forest near Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.
This information was verified by Onogwu Mohammed, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, in a statement released on Saturday, December 30.
“Upon receiving report of this distressing incident, Yahaya Bello, CON, the Governor of Kogi State, promptly issued directives to both security agencies and local vigilantes to embark on immediate actions that will lead to the freedom of the captives. He said the perpetrators of this reprehensible act must also be fished out,” the statement read.
“The directive underscored Governor Bello’s unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of the citizens/residents under his charge.”
The Chief Press Secretary mentioned that the collaborative efforts of the unified security forces produced positive outcomes within a span of 48 hours, resulting in the liberation of the 21 individuals who were held captive.
“Furthermore, the operation led to the apprehension of some of the kidnappers, while those still at large are being trailed,” he added.
Governor Bello expressed relief and satisfaction with the operation’s outcome, commending the security operatives for their prompt and efficient response. He underscored the significance of upholding peace and security in the state, reaffirming his administration’s dedication to making it one of the safest in the country.
Additionally, the governor reiterated his appreciation for the state’s security agencies, highlighting the government’s ongoing commitment and collaborative efforts in the ongoing fight against criminal elements.