The Nigerian police have arrested 28 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and car snatchers terrorising the Abuja-Jere-Kaduna highways.
The suspects were apprehended by the IGP Special Tactical Squad upon raid of some identified kidnappers’ den, camps, black spots and hideouts in the forests located in the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and Kaduna states.
The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, parading the suspects, said most of them were caught while in the act of collecting ransom from families of kidnapped victims.
Possessions recovered from the gang are: Two AK47 Riffles, three English Pump action guns, one revolver English pistol, one Beretta English pistol, two single barrel gun, 133 AK47 ammunitions, 50 live cartridges, 20 Beretta, four pairs of suspected fake military uniform, three different suspected fake army ranks of Major, sergeant and staff seargent; KIA Saloon Lift up and Mercedez Benz Saloon.
According to Moshood, all the suspects confessed to the crimes and would be arraigned in court soon after investigations.
He said, “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 the investigation. However, the 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, flashpoints 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 an effective deterrent to the who-will-be criminals. The ongoing raids on criminal hideouts, black spots will be sustained throughout the country.”
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.
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