The Police at Force headquarters on Thursday paraded 59 vicious and notorious kidnappers armed robbery and cattle rustling gangs including those responsible for the abduction and murder of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area Council.
The criminals paraded included gangs that perpetrated recent kidnappings, armed robberies in Kaduna, Zamfara and Sokoto states.
The parade was done at Lambata, Niger State, by Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood.
Case 1: Arrest of 7 Vicious & Notorious Kidnapping/Armed Robbery Suspects responsible for Killing of Vice Chairman, Abaji Area Council, FCT and Kidnapping of 4 other victims along Suleija-Minna road.
The suspects are BELLO ALHAJI LAWAL 60YRS – GANG LEADER, ARMOURER OF THE GANG, SADIQ DANLADI 29YRS, ABUBAKAR MOHAMMED 25YRS, ABUBAKAR USMAN 28YRS, ABDULLAHI IDRIS 50YRS, ABUBAKAR SULEIMAN 20YRS, IBRAHIM BABANGIDA 26YRS
EXHIBITS are 7 AK47 Rifles, 118 Rounds of ammunition, 9 Mobile Phones, 4 pairs of suspected fake Military Camouflage Uniforms and Charms
On 24th November, 2018, the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes attached to Operation Absolute Sanity in Gawu Babaginda, Niger State led by DCP Yusuf Kolo, working on actionable intelligence in a follow up of a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Armed Robbery and Kidnapping of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area Council and four (4) others along Suleja-Minna Road, Niger State, trailed and arrested the above mentioned suspects in their hideout at Tunga Maje Forest along Zuba-Gwagwalada Road, Abuja, where the syndicate plan their operations and keep hostage of their kidnap victims.
The suspects on sighting the Police Team opened fire and engage in a serious gun battle with the Police Team that lasted for over an hour. The superior gun power of the Police Team led to the death of three (3) of the vicious and notorious kidnapping/armed robbery gang members and the arrest of Seven (7) other members. Seven (7) AK47 Rifles and One Hundred and Eighteen (118) Rounds of Live Ammunition were recovered from their possession. Four (4) victims rescued from their captivity
The suspects arrested have confessed and admitted to be responsible for the kidnap of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area Council and Four (4) others. They have also revealed their various criminal roles in the armed robbery/kidnap operations and murder of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area council who was one of their victims in the kidnap operation.
Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang indicted in the confessional statements of the arrested suspects. The four (4) other rescued victims have since been reunited with their families
They will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
Arrest of 52 vicious and notorious kidnapping/armed robbery and cattle rustling syndicate responsible for recent kidnappings, robberies in Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara and Sokoto States
i. ABDULRA’UF YUSUF ‘M’ 45YRS – Gang Leader, a Libya trained Gorilla Fighter
ii. BASHIRU AMINU ‘M’ 30YRS – BUYS AND SUPPLY FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION TO ARMED BANDITS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GROUP
Others are ALIYU SAIDU 33YRS, MUSA ADAMU 35YRS, ISAH HARUNA 55YRS, ABDULLAHI HARUNA 56YRS, MOHAMMED TUKUR 25YRS, ABDULLAHI BUHARI 27YRS, ALIYU ABUDULLAHI 29YRS, TUKUR HASSAN 26YRS, MANDE ALERI 30YRS, SANI ALI 21YRS, SHEHU UMAR 30YRS, IBRAHIM GARBA 21YRS.
MOHAMMED SANI 30YRS, MOHHAMED BELLO 35YRS, SULE DAMBULE 48YRS, AHMADU BUBA 27YRS, MOHAMMED BAUDE 63YRS, ABUBAKAR UMAR 52YRS, ABUBAKAR TURAI 66YRS, ABUBAKAR SALA 37YRS, BRAHIM MOHAMMED 31YRS, ABUBAKAR MANDE 20YRS, ABUBAKAR HUSSAINI 60YRS, USMAN HASSAN 65YRS, SHEHU ABUBAKAR 70YRS, USMAN UMAR 18YRS, YAHAYA LAWAL 55YRS.
Moshood said, “ Consequent on recent complaints and reported cases of armed robbery/kidnapping, armed banditry, cattle rustling and other violent crimes in some parts of Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States, the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes attached to Operation Absolute Sanity, working on actionable intelligence further expanded its operations and relentlessly embarked on raids of criminal hideouts, identified kidnappers den and follow up on cases in its effort to continue to actualize its mandate to rid the country of unscrupulous elements, vicious and notorious criminals. These operations led to the arrest of the above mention Fifty-Two (52) criminal suspects.
The suspects have confessed and made useful statements to the Police Investigation Team on their various criminal roles in the recent incidents of kidnapping/armed robbery and other violent crimes in the mentioned States and the above listed exhibits recovered from their possessions. Some of these suspects arrested have also been on the watch list of the Police for quite some time now.
The operation is on-going and more efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gangs to bring them to justice. All suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood
FPRO, Force Headquarters,
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