Three suspected armed robbers and kidnappers were not so lucky just as we entered the new year, as they met their untimely death.

The suspected criminal gang which specialised in robbery and kidnapping around Kasina-Ala-Abaji-Takum axis, were killed during a gun battle between the criminal gang and a combined team of Operation Zenda.

Spokesman of Benue State Police Command, ASP Moses Yamu said one AK47 rifle with breech no. M35085 and four AK47 magazines with 127 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition were recovered.

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“Based on a tip-off that a vicious criminal gang specialised in robberies and kidnappings around Katsina Ala – Abaji – Takum axis.

“The gang is believed to be responsible for the attack on Abaji Police station, killing a Police Sergeant and carting away his rifle.

“A combined team of Operation Zenda crack squad led by SP Justine Gberindyer stormed the hoodlums’ hideout, and the hoodlums opened fire on sighting the team.

“During the shooting exchange, three members of the gang were fatally hit by bullets, they were apprehended and later confirmed dead.

“Items recovered from them are: One AK47 rifle with breech no. M35085; four AK47 magazines with 127 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition; criminal charms and a bag containing some clothes,” a statement said.

The command appreciates the cooperation of law abiding citizens of the state, while appealing to them to report all suspicious activities around them to the Police.

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