Two gunmen were shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with soldiers at Afam Community in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers, reports the Nigerian Army.
Soldiers kill two gunmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Capt Eli Lazarus, spokesman for the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, made the disclosure to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, May 25.
The army spokesman said four other suspects escaped with gunshot wounds.
According to Lazarus, no soldier died during the encounter with the gunmen which lasted for several hours.
Lazarus said that the soldiers had trailed the suspected gunmen, numbering six, in a Toyota Camry salon car on Monday.
“At about 1pm same day, troops of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, on routine patrol, had an encounter with gunmen in Afam, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers.
“Two suspects were killed during the encounter while four others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Items recovered from the suspects were three AK-47 rifles, one pistol, eight AK-47 magazines and 81 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.
“Also, a blue Toyota Camry car with registration number Rivers FC 288 PHC used by the suspects, was recovered.”
Lazarus also said that soldiers, on the same day, rescued two men and a woman (names withheld) who were abducted by gunmen at Ubima Community in Isiokpo Local Government Area of the state.
The Army spokesman said the hostages were freed from their kidnappers after engaging them in a shoot-out. “Immediately the abduction was reported, our men swiftly responded and engaged the abductors, who later abandoned their victims and ran into the bush,” he said
Meanwhile, the Police Command in Kaduna state , yesterday, paraded 40 suspects for alleged robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling and car snatching.
The commissioner of police in the state, Adamu Ibrahim said 20 of the suspects including two from Niger republic and two women, belonged to gangs that specialized in robbery and car snatching.
He said that 12 other suspects belonged to four different kidnapping gangs located in Kachia, Chukun, Kagarko and Kajuru local government areas.
According to him, eight of the suspects are suspected cattle rustlers, arrested in Kachia and Chukun local government areas. He said that 403 cows and 23 sheep were recovered from them.
In the same vein, the inspector general of police, Solomon Arase, on Tuesday, May 24 deployed a helicopter, 35 federal special Anti-robbery squads and four detachments of mobile Police men to Kogi to bring the security situation in the state under control.
The action was prompted by strings of kidnappings and robberies in the state.
According to Vanguard, the offensive against the hoodlums in the state began on Sunday, May 22 and has led to the arrest of several suspected kidnappers.
Some criminals in the state have also been killed by the special force in their various hideouts during a gun battle according to reports.
The Punch reports that the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the IG for their intervention in the state, said that it was hoped that kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in parts of the state would soon be history.
Speaking on the deployment of the social force to the state, the Kogi state police commissioner, Usman Yakubu said since the arrival of the team, some suspected kidnappers have been arrested from their camps in the state.
He said the offensive against criminals in the state would continue until the state was free from criminal elements.