by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
In its efforts to protect lives and property of citizens in Plateau State, the Plateau Police Command has arrested one of suspected hoodlums, who shot to death a lecturer of the University of Jos, Dr. Nandi Drenkat, and kidnapped his six years’ old daughter.
The Command said “On 16/5/2020 at about 0030hrs, the Command received a distress call at road 6 University Senior Staff Quarters, Jos, where some hoodlums entered the house of one Dr. Nandi Drenkat ‘m’, a lecturer with the University of Jos where he was shot and his six years’ old daughter was kidnapped.”
A statement to this effect was signed and issued to newsmen in Jos on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba.
According to the statement, “The command immediately on receiving the information, on the same date at about 0530 hours, a combined team of conventional policemen, Police Mobile Force, operatives from Anti-Kidnapping Unit, vigilante groups and hunters were deployed to the hilly areas where the kidnapped victim was suspected to have been kept; the scene was thoroughly combed.
“In the process, the kidnappers were sighted on the hill. In the ensuing gun duel between the operatives and the kidnappers, one of the kidnappers, named Ali Mohammed ‘m’ of Narabi was shot on his right leg and was arrested with one AK 47 rifle with breach Number 1984/AP 0240. 29 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered from him.
“One of the kidnapped victims, named Chiboze Joseph ‘m’, was rescued unhurt, while other bandits fled with blood injuries. On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime, and the case is under investigation and will be charged to court as soon as possible.”
According to the statement, “In furtherance of operation, the teams of operatives were relentless, and at about 1600 hours they extended their search for the last kidnapped victim to Babale Mountain, Jos North LGA.
“On sighting the combined team, the hoodlums opened fire on them but were overpowered by the team’s superior firepower, which led to the rescue of the kidnapped victim, Joanna Drenkat, ‘f’’, six years old, unhurt. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects continues.
“The Commissioner of Police, Plateau State, Edward Egbuka, is soliciting for useful information from members of the public to aid in the arrest of the fleeing suspects.
“Meanwhile, residents of the state have been called upon to promptly call the Command’s Emergency Hotlines for vital information and complaints.
“They are also enjoined to report any suspected case(s) of Covid-19 infection to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by calling the state emergency numbers.”