The Taraba State Police command on Friday night rescued one Alhaji Yakubu Atiku from kidnappers and killed five suspects who were set to perpetrate the act after luck ran out on them.
The suspects had stormed Atiku’s home in Garba-Chede, Gassol Local Government Area of the state and luckily, police were said to have been notified and they responded to distress calls.
In the exchange of gunfire, the police killed five of the attackers, the spokesman of the command, ASP David Misal, confirmed at a news conference on Saturday in Jalingo.
Misal said: “The operatives attached to Bali Division on March 30 at 2300 hrs engaged a group of armed men suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers.
“The hoodlums on the same date invaded the residence of one Alhaji Yakubu Atiku of Garba-Chede in an attempt to kidnap him.
“The report was received with swift reaction from our operatives which led to an exchange of fire…With the superior fire power of our gallant officers, five members of the gang were shot dead while others escaped with bullet wounds”.
He added that one AK47 rifle, one pump action, two single barrel guns, 16 cartridges, three expended 7.62mm ammunition, two expended cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.
He assured residents that the police would not relent in its efforts until kidnapping and armed robbery is reduced to the barest minimum.
Misal further appealed to members of the public to always report criminal acts to the police for effective response.