No fewer than 11 bandits have been neutralized in Kogi State by vigilantes.
The bandits were neutralized in Koton Karfe Local Government Area of the state.
Onogwu Muhammed, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, disclosed this in a statement, NAN reports.
Muhammed said security operatives acting on intelligence also apprehended an officer of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NCDC), Insp. Abdullahi Saidu, who alongside a friend supplies the criminals with weapons.
Muhammed added that the NCDC officer is also alleged to be giving security information to the criminals to undertake their heinous crimes.
“A group of bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State have met their waterloo.
“As officers of the State’s Vigilante Group killed 11 of them, arrested others while three kidnapped victims were rescued successfully
“The successful operation by the security operatives was done in series and with a detailed account the Kogi State Vigilante operatives narrating that Alaidi, the ring leader was killed during the first camp attack.
“Other Members of the bandit group, Rabo and seven others were crushed.
“Madei and one other were killed in the second kidnappers camp while Umar escaped with gunshot injury but was recaptured.
“Five of the kidnappers arrested including the Civil Defence operative were in the custody of the Department of State Security for further investigations,” the statement read in part.