LAGOS (AFP)- Nigerian police stormed the hideout of the kidnappers of a Turkish national in oil-rich Rivers State and killed 14 of them in a shootout, police said Saturday.
“The hoodlums were shot dead during a gun battle with the security agents in their camp in Kaani community in Ogoni land,” state police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam told AFP of the incident on Friday.
He said members of the gang who abducted a Turkish construction worker last month had opened fire upon seeing the security agents in their camp.
“The security operatives returned with a superior firepower and in the process shot dead six of the kidnappers instantly, while eight others with gunshot wounds died on the way to the hospital,” the police spokesman said.
He added that two other suspects were assisting the police in their investigation.
Ugwuegbulam said the Turkish national had earlier been released unhurt by his captors after they collected ransom money.
“The security team recovered some arms and ammunition as well as cash in the camp,” he said.
“Six AK-47 rifles, 444 rounds of ammunition, 17 magazines… as well as the sum of 98,900 naira (620 dollars) were found in the camp,” he said.
The police spokesman could not however say if the recovered money was part of the ransom.
He said the gang was also notorious for carrying out a wave of robberies and attacks on security agents in the state in recent months.
“The police and other security agents will intensify efforts to rid the state of undesirable elements, especially those harassing residents and kidnapping prominent people, including foreigners,” he said.
Scores of foreign workers have been kidnapped for ransom in the Niger Delta, which is located partly in Rivers State — although a 2009 amnesty deal for oil militants had led to a sharp decline in unrest there in recent months.
But sporadic incidents continue despite the amnesty. Attacks have been blamed on criminal gangs seeking ransom or crude oil to sell on the black market as well as militants claiming to be fighting for a greater share of oil revenue for the local population.
The Niger Delta, with its massive oil and gas reserves, remains a deeply impoverished and badly polluted region.
It has also seen a wave of pirate attacks in recent months.
On October 15, gunmen attacked a ship off Nigeria operated by French firm Bourbon in the region and kidnapped seven foreign sailors.
The abducted sailors — six Russian and one Estonian — were released this week, the company said.
In a report earlier this year, the International Maritime Bureau said the Gulf of Guinea — where the Niger River discharges into the Atlantic through a massive delta — was emerging as a new piracy hub, with heavily armed gangs carrying out increasingly violent attacks in which crude theft was often the goal.
Comments are moderated. Please keep them clean and brief.
Headlines Newsview all
The sort of evils being committed everyday in this world by human beings make you wonder if this world shouldn’t be already ended. A lady ... Full story
A middle age man Oluyinde Ibrahim who was arrested by policemen attached to the Oko- Oba Police Station at Agege area of Lagos State for ... Full story
A ghastly motor accident involving a Tata bus and three other cars in Ketu, Lagos has left many injured in yet another early morning accident. A ... Full story
Rate this article
- Woman Murders Twin Babies And Shares Photos On Social Media
- SHOCKING!! A Prophet Told Me To Kill My Mother For Breakthrough - Murder Suspect
- Just In: Horrible Accident At Ketu Involving Bus And Three Other Vehicles
Popular Nigerian music producer and singer, Cobhams Asuquo, will always remain a toast of many each day as his magic fingers on the keyboard helps ...
When one is healthy, you don’t need too much experience to sight it. Awarding winning Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw whose marriage crashed some years ago ...
Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti is a well celebrated man in Nigeria. Despite been dead, his legacy lives on. His quest for justice and truthful kind ...
Everyone sure has different stories to tell about valentine celebration, all with different perception to it but they are all entitled to their opinion.Nollywood actress, ...
When some people attend red carpet events, some go for the main event, while some go to see the latest outfit that is being worn ...
Every one is looking forward to celebrating valentines day, a day set aside to show love, even though it has been generalized to be lovers ...
The much talked about movie, ‘Surulere’ was premiered last night in Lagos and some Nollywood stars and guest gave in their touch of style as ...
Love is a special and complicated emotion which is quite difficult to understand. Although most people believe that love revolves around the heart, but many ...
During the week, Nigeriafilms.com had reported that Monalisa Chinda was all ready to give marriage a second trial.From what we further gathered, the light-complexioned screen ...
Recently, speculations which went viral about Nollywood actress, Foluke Daramola and her hubby, that the two lovers headed for the marriage registry to seal their ...