No fewer than eleven persons suspected to have orchestrated the kidnap of Alh. Isa Ozi Salami OFR, former GM PAN, MD Nigeria Paper Mills Jebba and Chairman Gateway Insurance have been arrested by the Police.
The suspects were paraded by the Police High Command at the Force Headquarters Abuja, Wednesday March 29. The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, while parading the suspects said the IGP Intelligence Response Team successfully nabbed the hoodlums in a joint operation with the Anti Kidnap Squad of the FCT Police Command Abuja
The suspects hail from different States of the federation and some have previous criminal records:
- The Police says Kelvin EMEKA 28yrs old, a native of Owgu LGA Enugu is the overall gang leader of the syndicate. He was earlier arrested and charged to Gwagwalada High Court in October 2016 with 3 others for kidnapping and armed robbery. This was after kidnapping a lady and several others in Abuja. This suspect and his gang members were released by the Court on 8/12/16 less than 8 weeks after being charged for Kidnapping and Armed Robbery.
- Ndubisi Prince Ozor 31yrs, Native of Nsukwato LGA Abia State is the second in command of the gang. He was also charged to court for armed robbery November 2016 and was released on bail by Court on 25/1/17.
- Abdulrasheed Maigari 35yrs, native of Donga LGA Area Taraba State is a 2006 Political Science graduate of Bayero University Kano. He was recruited into DSS as a Graduate Officer in September 2011 and was dismissed and charged to court 12/11/2015 for robbing 310 Million Naira with Some dismissed Army personnel in Abuja. The suspect was released by court on 28/11/16 . No sooner he was released he immediately joined this kidnapping gang in Abuja. He became the coordinator of the gang and also rented the two houses in Suleija where their kidnap victims were kept.
- Sunday Tyavnor 33yrs, native Ovi LGA area Nasarawa State, is the arms dealer who sold the AK47 Riffle for four hundred and seventy thousand Naira (₦470,000) .He also sold two Pistols for sixty thousand Naira (₦60,000) each to the gang. He was arrested in Nasarawa State.
- Zayor Alfred 23yrs native Obi LGA Nasarawa State specialized in guarding and securing the kidnapped victims. He was arrested in the camp where the victim were rescued.
- Avah Joseph 25yrs Ogbadibo LGA Benue State guards kidnap victims and follow the gang for kidnapping. He was arrested in the camp.
- Gabriel Friday 33Yrs Native of Ogbadibo LGA Benue State driver of the gang.
- Rajab Baba Ishiaka 22yrs Native of Wukari LGA Taraba State guard’s victims in the kidnappers’ camp.
- Ali Sani 27 yrs native of Takum LGA Taraba State, guards victims in the kidnappers camp.
- Nuhu Sule 20 yrs Takum LGA Taraba State guard’s victims in the kidnappers’ camp.
- Mohammed Abubakar 21yrs native of Mokwa LGA Niger State supplies pre-registered sim cards to the kidnappers.
The Victim Alhaji Isa Salami Former GM PAN, MD Nigeria Paper Mills Jebba and Chairman Gateway Insurance was rescued from the kidnappers 2 bedroom house hideout rented by the kidnappers in remote side of Suleija Town Niger State.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include one AK 47 Rifle, three AK 47 magazines, ninety rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, two Pistols, fourteen round of 9mm live ammunition and two-bedroom flat in Suleija
The Force Spokesperson stated that the suspects had confessed to the crime admitting to the various roles they played in the kidnapping, and other violent crimes linked to them. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has assured the good people Nigeria of adequate security. He also implores them to co-operate with the Police personnel deployed in their localities.