The police in Rivers state on Wednesday shot dead two kidnappers terrorising commuters at the Emohua area of the East-West Road.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, added that 15 suspected kidnappers were also arrested by his men in various parts of the state.
He said the two notorious kidnappers, Emmanuel Fyneface, aka Blade, and Chika Chukwu, aka Odogodo, were killed in the Rumuodogo community during a fierce gun battle with policemen.
He stated, “Personnel of the IGP Monitoring Unit, in a sting operation led by the Commander, Alex Udeze, raided a black spot at Rumuodogo in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, where the hoodlums, on sighting the police, engaged them in a fierce gun battle.
“They were, however, overpowered and during the exchange of gunfire, two of them namely: Emmanuel Fyneface (aka Blade) and Chika Chukwu (aka Odogodo) were fatally wounded and others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Two English pump action guns and charms were recovered from the criminals. Efforts are on to arrest other members of the gang. Recovered from them were 17 firearms, 10 stolen vehicles and 257 pieces of ammunition.”