A suspected kidnapper has been shot dead following a gun battle with the police in Benue State.
The state police command, DSP Catherine Anene said a kidnap victim was rescued during the incident which took place in Logo Local Government Area.
Anene said Peter Ogbonna was rescued after operatives of Operation Zenda Crack Squad extended their work to Logo area during which they tracked the kidnappers to their den.
“Today, 4/8/2021 information was received that gunmen who kidnapped Mr. Peter Ogbonna of Ugba town were in a hideout at Tse-Atoov, Alabar, Logo LGA, the operatives quickly swung into action by invading the hideout.
“On sighting the police, suspects engaged them in an exchange of fire but the police were able to subdue them and three (3) of the suspects were arrested at the scene.
“One of them sustained gunshot injuries, was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead and corpse has been deposited at the morgue while two of them identified as Yakyuur Aondona and Teryange Myina are currently undergoing interrogation.
“The victim was rescued unhurt and has been reunited with his family.”
One fabricated barretta pistol with four rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
A search operation is ongoing in the area to arrest fleeing suspects with gunshot wounds.