Eight suspects have been arrested by the Police High Command in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustlings along Abuja/Kaduna highway.
The suspects were arrested by the joint operation of Intelligent Response Team (IRT), Special Tactical Squad (STS), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Kidnapping Units, the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and the Counter Terrorism Units.
Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood said the Police Special Forces led by the Intelligence Response Team on the 8th and 9th July, 2017 working on actionable intelligence received by the Force swooped on the kidnappers dens in Gwagwada, kangimi and katari villages in Kaduna State and arrested the suspects.
He said this is as a result of the determination of the IGP Ibrahim Idris who on early June 2017deployed additional six hundred Police personnel of Special Intervention Forces on the Kaduna—Abuja route to root out vicious and notorious kidnap for ransom and armed robbery gangs on the highway . The hoodlums have been responsible for many kidnappings and armed robberies along Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
According to CSP Jimoh all the suspects have volunteered confessional statement admitting to the various criminal roles they played in the kidnapped for ransom of motorists along Abuja/Kaduna Highway.
Those arrested include; Ibrahim Gurgu, 45, Ibrahim Isiyaku, 30, Usman Datti 30, all of Gwagwada village in Kaduna State, Kabiru Musa, 27, Haruna Umar, 24, of Dandume in Katsina.Others are Abdulazeez Idris 40, native of Kankara LGA Katsina State, and Shuaibu Ibrahim aka Kadi 29yrs native of Kangimi village Kaduna State.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects are Ak47 Rifle, two locally made pistol, thirty rounds of live Ammunition, one magazine, two military camouflage, three Cutlasses and charms.
The FPRO said the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigation, adding that NPF is determined to prevent crimes and criminality throughout the country and will not relent in ensuring that crimes that cannot be prevented are promptly detected to serve as effective deterrent to who will be criminal.
- Marcel Samuel