Local guards on Tuesday reportedly foiled an attempt by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers to abduct residents of Gegu-Beki community in Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State.
It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the community at about 12am Tuesday.
Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Williams Aya said “I am yet to receive that report”.
However, a resident, Usman Adaohikwo, said that the kidnappers who were large in number positioned themselves at strategic places within the community and attempted to break into the residence of a businessman, Mai Riga.
“After they surrounded the house of Alhaji Mai Riga, they started shooting to scare people away but the vigilantes engaged them in a shootout until they fled,” he said.
The Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki chiefdom, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Mohammed Abba, confirmed the incident to reporters in the community.
“They invaded the community around midnight and headed to the house of Alhaji Mai Riga but luckily enough, the vigilante men engaged them in a fierce gun battle until they fled”.