The Police headquarters, in an update of the recurring Kaduna violence that has left over 70 person’s dead in the last few days, disclosed on Monday that 93 persons have been arrested in connection with the crisis.
The police also said that peace and normalcy have been restored throughout Kaduna State, most especially at Kasuwar Magani Town and other parts of Kaduna South.
A statement by Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, Force PRO said, “A total number of Ninety Three (93) Suspects were arrested in connection with the multiple killings and wanton destruction of private and public properties worth millions of Naira in the State.
“Forty Three (43) Suspects are currently being prosecuted while Fifty (50) suspects in Police custody are under investigation and will be arraigned in court soon.
“Investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large.
“The Police in the State in collaboration with other security and safety agencies will continue the confidence building patrols throughout the State and sustain the normalcy that have been restored.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has directed Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 7 Headquarters to meet with all the stakeholders in the State to give peace a chance and sustain the normalcy that have been restored.
Similarly, the Force headquarters said ten suspects have been arrested in connected with kidnapping, armed robbery and criminal conspiracy resulting in the abduction of Abdulhazeez Abdulbazir Bashir in Funtua, Katsina State.
The suspects are Hussaini Abdullahi 42yrs – Gang Leader, Ibrahim Umar 60yrs, Abubakar Idris 20yrs, Samaila Abdullahi 28yrs, Saidu Ibrahim 20yrs, Halidu Ibrahim 30yrs, Shaibu Maikudi 20yrs, Ibrahim Alhasan 45yrs, Mohammed Adamu 22yrs and Shehu Lawal 32yrs
Items recovered from them include 5 AK 47 rifles, one locally made pump action gun, and 105 AK 47 ammunition
The police said, “On the 12th of August, 2018, the above mention vicious and notorious suspects invaded the house of one Abdulbasir Abubakar Jargaba in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State and robbed him of valuables.
“The suspects further kidnapped the Eight (8) years old Son (Abdulhazeez Abdulbazir Basir) of Alhaji Abdulbasir Abubakar Jargaba to their hideout, held him in their captivity for eleven (11) days and released after collection of ransom.
“Consequent on the above, the Inspector General of Police directed the IGP Monitoring Unit Strike Force to investigate the matter and bring perpetrators to justice.
“The operatives of the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes working on actionable intelligence, trailed the suspects to their hideout in Birnin Gwari Forest off Sabowa Road, Katsina, Katsina State and arrested the above mentioned vicious and notorious kidnapping/armed robbery suspects after a fierce gun battle between the Police operatives and the criminal syndicate.
“Five (5) AK47 Rifles, One (1) Locally Made Pump Action Rifle and one hundred and five (105) AK47 Ammunition were recovered from their possession.
“The suspects have confessed and admitted to their various criminal roles in the commission of the crime. They have also confessed to be responsible for the recent cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in Katsina State and its environs”.
Also arrested are two suspected kidnappers and armed robbers who had been terrorizing innocent road users and travelers along Kaduna-Abuja-Niger highways
They are Lawali Abubakar 35yrs – Gang Leader (An Ex- Convict, having served jailed term for Four (4) years for offence of Criminal Conspiracy, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and culpable Homicide and Adamu Dahiru 56yrs
The police said, “Following complaints of kidnapping and armed robbery along the Kaduna – Abuja and Kaduna – Niger highways and attack on residents, travelers and other road users along the highway, the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes carried out raids of identified criminal hideouts and kidnappers den in the Forest within Niger, Kaduna and FCT, arrested the above mentioned suspects in their hideout at Madaro Forest, off Birnin Gwari Road, Kaduna State.
“Two (2) of their victims were rescued in the operation.
“Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
Furthermore the police said 6 suspects were arrested for armed robbery, car snatching and receiving stolen vehicles and it named the suspects as Abdulsalam Adamu 30yrs – Gang Leader, Ali Isa 35yrs, Abubakar Usman 35yrs, Hamisu Abdulahi 34yrs, Adamu Usman 28yrs and Musa Jafaru 32yrs
It said, “Following reports from the Cross River State Police command on a case of stolen vehicle (Toyota Camry 2006 Model, Gold Colour) on 13th September, 2018, the operatives of the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes while on stop and search operations along uguwan Sarki in Kaduna North, Kaduna State arrested the above suspects in the act of selling the said vehicle.
Adamu Usman 28yrs and Musa Jafaru 32yrs were also arrested on the 4th of October, 2018 at Kura along Zaria – Kaduna express road in the process of receiving a robbed Honda Civic (unregistered).
They have confessed to the Police investigators to be members of car snatching syndicate and other trans-border crimes.
Investigations into all the cases are being concluded and all suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.