Operatives of the Operation Absolute Sanity set-up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to curb the menace of kidnapping and armed robbery on Birnin Gwari – Funtua, Birnin Gwari – Kaduna, and Kaduna – Kano Highways has arrested eleven suspected kidnappers/armed robbers and rescued four victims.
The suspects were arrested during an operation that lasted several hours in the identified kidnap dens, and hideouts along Birnin Gwari – Funtua, Birnin Gwari – Kaduna, and Kaduna – Kano Highways.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, who paraded the suspects at Jere Divisional Headquarters, Kaduna State, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had last month extended the mandate and Area of Responsibilities of Operations Absolute Sanity to cover Birnin Gwari – Funtua, Birnin Gwari – Kaduna, and Kaduna – Kano Highways to respond to the recent occurrence of cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in the area.
He said during interrogation that the suspects have confessed to the crimes and admitted to have carried out several kidnappings/armed robbery attacks on innocent travelers on Birnin Gwari – Funtua and Birnin Gwari – Kaduna, and Kaduna – Kano roads in recent times.
He gave their names as; Hassan Ibrahim, 40, – Gang Leader (A brand new AK47 Rifle was recovered from him), Lukman Jubrin, Yahaya Saibu, Victor Abila, Likita Umar, Abdulahi Haruna, Usman Marafa, Bello Abdullahi, 29, (One AK47 Rifle was recovered from him and another one from his gang), Abdulmumun Alhaji, Bala Mohammed and Abubakar Mohammed.
The following items were recovered from the gang according to the Force spokesperson: three AK47 Rifles, 72 rounds of AK47 Ammunition, three locally made guns and cutlasses, charms and sticks.
CSP Jimoh said Police rescued four victims comprising three men and a woman from the gang alive and unhurt during the operation without payment of ransom.
He said they will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation while reinstating the renewed commitment of the Force to detect and prevent crimes, most especially violent crimes such as kidnapping and armed robbery throughout the country.
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- Marcel Samuel