Aftermath the resurgence in the activities of kidnappers and armed robbers along the Abuja-Kaduna-Funtua and Zamfara highways, and the deployment of more Police Special teams and equipment for Operation Absolute Security, the Police on Monday paraded 31 vicious suspects including 3 Commanders, belonging to 6 different gangs arrested in hideouts on the routes.
Also arrested are the gang members who abducted Sheik Mohammed Ahmed Alqarkawi in Kaduna State and collected the sum of N12million as ransom before he was released.
Twenty-two (22) AK 47 Rifles, one (1) LAR Rifle, two (2) single Barrel Guns, one (1) Locally made Pistol and one (1) Dane Gun and Two Hundred and Forty Seven (247) rounds of Ammunition were recovered from the gangs.
Speaking during the parade of the suspects at Kagarko, Kaduna State, Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood said, “Most of the suspects confessed to the criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes they were alleged.
“Most of the victims, some of whom were rescued from their captivities have equally identified them as those responsible for the kidnaps, armed robberies and car snatching of their vehicles.
Moshood said, “Concerned with the new surge in violent crimes, such as kidnap, killings, armed robberies of innocent commuters/travellers and villagers in villages and towns along Abuja- Kaduna –Birnin Gwari- Funtua – Zamfara state few weeks back, the IGP, Ibrahim Idris re-girded Operation Absolute Sanity with the deployment of more operatives and investigators of IGP Special Tactical Squad.
“This is aimed at unraveling and arresting those behind the heinous and dastardly acts and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“The Special Tactical Squad was mandated by the IGP to flush out these new set of bandits and adopt new Crime prevention and control strategies, bring in new impetus to the fight against banditry and other violent crimes that have claimed the lives of many innocent Nigerians in FCT, Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, Kogi, Benue, and Some parts of Plateau States.
1st Gang – Kidnapped for ransom and Armed robbery gang
(i). Shefiyu Abdullahi (gang leader)
(ii) Umar Suleiman aka Wada
EXHIBITS: Two (2) AK 47 rifles recovered from them.
These suspects were arrested after a gun battle with the operatives of the Special Tactical Squad on the 16th August, 2018. During exchange of fire Three (3) of the suspects were killed by the Team. The suspects confessed to be responsible for the kidnap of Sheik Mohammed Ahmed Alqarkawi and collection Twelve Million Naira (#12,000,000.00). They also confessed to be members of gang that ambushed and killed four Police men attached to IRT in Kaduna State. Investigation into the matter is being concluded and suspects will be arraigned in Court.
2nd Gang Zamfara killing arrested 9th August, 2018
(i). Yinusa Musa aka (Mukoro )– Sectional Cmdr of the bandits in Zamfara
(ii) Abubakar Sanni (aka Zandari)- Sectional Cmdr of the bandits in Zamfara
(iii) Mohammed Abubakar (aka Mujuma)
(iv) Umar Sani
(v) Abubakar Mohammed Kata
(i) Seven (7) AK47 rifles recovered from them
(ii) One Hundred and Twenty Seven (127) ammunition
This gang confessed to have been responsible for series of attacks and killing of innocent people in villages and towns in Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States. They also engaged in cattle rustling, kidnaps for ransom and armed robberies in the mentioned States. Efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. They will be charged to Court on completion of investigation.
3rd Gang – confessed to be members of the gang that ambushed and killed about Eleven (11) Soldiers in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State last year
(i) Jafaru Alh. Ahmadu – (Gang leader) not available for the parade but in police custody
(ii) Three (3) other suspects names withheld (Two (2) of whom died during gun duel when they ambushed the operatives of the STS while the last is still in Police custody.
Two (2) AK47 Riffles recovered from them.
Investigation is ongoing into the various violent crimes that have been committed by the gang. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation.
4th Gang Kidnap for ransom/ armed robbery Gang
i. Yusuf Mohammed ( Gang leader) not available for the parade
ii. Auta Bello
iii. Nnamdi Mbadiwe
iv. Adamu Rabiu
(i) Two (2) AK 47 rifles
The suspects confessed to be responsible for killings of innocent people travelling between Birnin Gwari and Zamfara State. The second suspect Auta Bello volunteered confessional statement indicating he has supplied several fire arms and ammunition to about Eleven (11) sub-Commanders in Zamfara State. The first suspect Yusuf Mohammed ( Gang leader) also confessed to have been responsible with his cohorts for kidnap and killings in Ruga forest, Bakori, Katsina State.
5th Gang. CAR SNATCHERS ARRESTED IN KADUNA AND KANO STATES
(i) Ibrahim Usman aka Sanni
(ii) Ahmed Isah aka Manchi
(iii) Mohammed Abubakar
(iv) Abdulmalik Alhaji
(v) Isah Sanni
(vi) Bashir Buda
(vii) Lawal Shuaibu
1 A Toyota Corolla
2 A Rav 4 Jeep
These suspects were arrested after a tip off and in their possession were recovered Two (2) exotic cars listed above snatched at gun point from some victims within Kaduna and Kano states. They confessed to the crime and will soon be arraigned in court. Members of the public whose cars were snatched at gun point with the make and description of the vehicles listed to go to STS office at Guzape junction, Abuja with proof of ownership for identification and collection.
6th Gang: Kidnappings/Armed Robbery Gang
i. Abubakar Abdullahi aka jaleel (Commander)
ii. Yusuf Iliyasu (2I/c Commander)
iii. Dauda Saleh
iv. Usman Abubakar (aka Mantu)
v. Mohammed Ruwa
vi Umar Alhaji Mohammed
This gang were arrested in Lapai LGA of Niger State. Two (2) victims were rescued from them. They confessed to specialized in kidnapping of women
(i) Two (2) AK 47 rifles
(ii) And Two (2) Single Barrel guns were recovered from them.
7th Gang. Threatens their victims with Police arrest and therby extorting money from them.
(i). Audu Suleiman
(ii) Awal Mustapha
(iii) Umar Lawal
(iv) Bello Lawal