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Two Kidnapped Kogi Judges Regain Freedom as Gov Bello releases 12 vehicles to Police

Timothy Salihu, an Area Court Judge, and Alhaji Aliyu Okeme, a retired Chief Inspector of Area Courts in Kogi State, kidnapped on May 19, have regained their freedom.

They were abducted at gunpoint on the Idah-Lokoja Road in the Eastern flank of the state on their way to Idah.

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, Yakubu Usman, who confirmed their release, said they were found between Itobe and Ajegwu on Itobe-Anyigba Road. It could not not confirmed if their families paid ransom for their release as the kidnappers had demanded N1 million.

Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello has donated 12 vehicles to security agencies in the state to assist them in curbing kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulkareem Abdulmalik, announced this in a statement in Lokoja on Sunday.

He said Gov. Yahaya Bello has declared total war on kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism among other crimes, adding that the vehicles were to enhance the operations of the agencies.

The statement said the governor was particularly disturbed by the kidnapping of a traditional ruler, the Etsu of Elete, Chief Aminu Aku, and urged the security agencies to rise to the occasion.