A 26-year-old vigilante, Awwal Mohammed, has been shot dead in a shootout with kidnappers near Agbudu community in Kogi local government area of Kogi State.
A member of the vigilante group who preferred anonymity confirmed the incident, saying it happened on Tuesday night when vigilantes mobilized and went into a forest near Agbudu to dislodge the kidnappers from their camp.
He said on arrival at the community near the kidnappers’ camp, the vigilantes engaged the kidnappers in a shootout and that in the process Mohammed was hit in the abdomen and died on the spot.
“Actually, it was when the vigilante arrived at the village on Tuesday night while it is rainy at that time and decided to camp somewhere, until after the rain has subsided when they came out where they discovered the kidnappers camp.
”So, shortly after the rain, the vigilante now came out to engage them, and without knowing one of the Kidnappers was coming from behind in which he opened fire and shot one of the vigilante members dead,” he said.
He said the Kogi local government council chairman, Alhaji Isah Abdulkarim ECOMOG, has been informed about the incident.
The public relations officer of the Kogi State police command ASP Williams Aya, is yet to confirm the incident.