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Police arrest 28 suspected kidnappers, armed robbery gang

*Another gang on Kaduna-Abuja way

Nigeria Police Force has arrested 28 suspects for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger.

Some of the suspects paraded by the police
Some of the suspects paraded by the police

The suspects are: Yusuf Adamu, gang leader, Bello Salisu, Jafar Salisu, Hamza Usman, Mohammed Abdullahi, Umar Ibrahim, Jibrin Adamu, Abdullahi Abubakar, Ismail Mammam, Usman Adamu and Ibrahim Shehu.

Others are: Hassan Salisu, Stephen Dung, Datchun Chodi, Fom Haruna, Yakubu Chollom, Mike Aboy, Nehemiah Duniya, Augustine Pam, Yusuf Boyi, Elijah Pam, Abdullahi Ibrahim, David Andy, Muazu Useni, Usman Shaibu, Olawale Ariyo, Daudu Garba and Aliyu Bahago.

The Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

He said that items recovered from the suspects include: KIA Saloon Lift up Car, Mercedez Benz Saloon Car, two AK47 Rifles, three English Pump Action Guns, one Revolver English Pistol and one Beretta English Pistol.

Others are: one Single Barrel Gun, 133 AK47 Ammunitions, 50 Live Cartridges, 20 pistols Beretta, four pairs of suspected fake military uniform, three different suspected fake army ranks of Major, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant.

Another gang paraded by the police
Another gang paraded by the police

He said that the arrest followed a coordinated operations by the Special Tactical Squad within one week. Jimoh said that the suspects used different fake vehicle number plates to beat security checks on the highways. He said that the number plates comprised of that of the Army, Ministry of Defence and the Federal Government. The spokesman said that five victims were rescued from the hideouts of the suspects during the operation.

The Force had on 25th July commenced ‘Operation Absolute Sanity’ on Abuja-Kaduna Highway. The operations were to complement the ongoing Joint Police and Military operations on the route. On 31st July and 3rd August, the police also arrested 31 and 40 suspects at Katari and Rijana areas respectively, along the Kaduna-Abuja road.

Jimoh added that, “Commander of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (STS) and his personnel under the Operation Absolute Sanity stormed and raided some identified kidnappers den, camps, Blackspot and Criminal hideouts in the forests located in the FCT, Niger and Kaduna States and successfully smashed Three(3) notorious gangs and arrested the above mentioned Twenty Eight (28) suspects in the act of kidnapping and collection of ransom, some of their victims names withheld were rescued from their captivity unhurt and were reunited with their families.

Some of the suspects were also arrested for armed robberies and multiple car snatching. All the suspects arrested confessed to the various roles they played in the commission of the crimes and some of them have been identified by their victims. They will be arraigned in Court on completion of investigation. However, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large.

 The Inspector-General of Police has directed Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the zones and State commands across the country to beef up security in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) and ensure massive deployment of Armed Police Personnel, Patrol Teams and undercover operatives  to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots to nip in the bud all forms of crimes and criminality nationwide throughout this period to the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities and beyond.

They are also to make sure that detection of crimes that couldn’t be prevented is prompt to serve as effective deterrent to who-will-be criminal. The ongoing raids on criminal hideouts, black spots will be sustained throughout the country.

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