Two kinappers terrorising commuters were shot and killed on Wednesday by a police officer at the Emohua area of the East-West Road in Rivers.
This was confirmed by the Rivers State Police Command.
Mustapha Dandaura, the state Commissioner of Police said that his men have arrested 15 suspected kidnappers in various parts of the state.
Explaining that the two notorious kidnappers were killed in the Rumuodogo community, Emohua, during a fierce gun battle with his men, Dandaura identified the hoodlums as Emmanuel Fyneface, aka Blade, and Chika Chukwu, aka Odogodo.
He stated, “Personnel of the IGP Monitoring Unit, in a sting operation led by the Commander, Alex Udeze, raided a black spot at Rumuodogo in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, where the hoodlums, on sighting the police, engaged them in a fierce gun battle.
“They were, however, overpowered and during the exchange of gunfire, two of them namely: Emmanuel Fyneface (aka Blade) and Chika Chukwu (aka Odogodo) were fatally wounded and others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Two English pump action guns and charms were recovered from the criminals. Efforts are on to arrest other members of the gang. Recovered from them were 17 firearms, 10 stolen vehicles and 257 pieces of ammunition.”
Dandaura restated his resolve to fight criminals in the state to a standstill, adding that those arrested would be prosecuted at the end of the ongoing investigation.