A suspected kidnapper has been eliminated by the Gombe State Police Command in Ako Local Government Area of the state.
The police operatives also recovered one AK-47 rifle from the deceased.
Spokesperson of the command, ASP Mahid Muazu Abubakar, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, February 13, 2023, said two other suspects escaped with gunshot wounds.
"The proactive crime prevention measures and active collaboration between the Gombe State Police Command and local vigilantes/hunters have continued to yield positive results in preventing crime and criminalities in the state. Following an intelligence report received by the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the State CID Gombe that On 11/02/2023 at about 4 a.m., a group of three suspected kidnappers were sighted along the Lawanti axis of Akko LGA Gombe State," the statement read.
"On receipt of the information, the officer in charge of the unit in collaboration with the Hunters and Vigilante groups mobilised to the scene and engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel.
"Due to the firepower of the Police, one of the suspects was neutralized while others took to their heels with bullet injuries, an AK-47 Rifle, a magazine with 5 live bullets, and a Honda Bajaj Motorcycle were recovered as exhibits.
"The Commissioner of Police CP Oqua Etim commended the officers for a good job and directed that the case be investigated discreetly by the unit and ensure the fleeing suspects are arrested.
''The CP equally appreciates and enjoins the peace-loving citizens in the State to continue to give credible information to the command which will lead to the arrest and apprehension of these criminal elements.''