Plateau police nab killers of UNIJOS lecturer, rescue other victims

The Plateau state Police Command on Sunday said it has rescued two kidnap victims from the net of their abductors, as well as arrest one of the kidnap kingpins identified as Ali Mohammed.

It would be recalled that on May 16, a lecturer with the Department of Social Science Education in the University of Jos, Dr Kennedy Drenkat, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in his house and his six- year- old daughter abducted by the gunmen.

However, in a swift response, a combined team of policemen swung into action, engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle and rescued the six -year- old alongside other victims.

Briefing newsmen in Jos, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, said that “immediately the command received the information on the same date, a combined team of policemen, vigilante groups and hunters were deployed to the hilly areas where the kidnapped victim was suspected to have been kept.

“The scene was thoroughly combed. In the process, the kidnappers were sighted on the hill.

“In the ensuing gun duel between the operatives and the kidnappers, one of the kidnappers, Ali Mohammed was shot on his right leg and was arrested with one AK 47 rifle,.

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“29 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered from him. A kidnapped victim, named Chibuzo Joseph was rescued unhurt while other bandits fled with blood injuries.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime. The case is under investigation and will be charged to court as soon as possible.

“In furtherance of the operation, the operatives were relentless and they extended their search for the last kidnapped victim to Babale Mountain in Jos North Local Government Area.

“On sighting the combined team, the hoodlums opened fire on them, but were overpowered by the team’s superior firepower, which led to the rescue of the kidnapped victim Joanna Drenkat, six -year- old, unhurt. The manhunt for the fleeing suspects continues,” Egbuka said.

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