The Nigerian Police at Force headquarters said on Thursday that its men deployed for “Operation Absolute Sanity” on Abuja- Kaduna Highway arrested a notorious 13-man gang of kidnappers from their hideouts, all with different grades of fire arms and ammunition, while securing the release of some of the victims they had in custody.
The Police said those arrested are Kidnappers who had flee from the Abuja – Kaduna Highway and relocated to some roads around Jere-Abuja axis.
It said in the operation, which was still ongoing, two different vicious and notorious Kidnap for ransom gangs were dislodged and busted in their hideouts and camps between Jere – Kaduna and Jere – Abuja axis.
Addressing the media, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood said a total number of thirteen (13) suspected kidnappers were arrested in the operation.
He said the arrested kidnappers confessed to the offence and admitted to the various criminal roles they had played in the commission of the crime.
Jimoh said the properties belonging to some of their victims, who were rescued from the gang, were recovered from the kidnappers.
He said, “Most of the suspects were identified by the victims for being responsible for their kidnap.
“Investigation is being intensified to arrest the other suspects at large. All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of Investigation.
“While the operation is being sustained, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the zones asked the commands to replicate same on the highways and major roads in other states of the country.
“They are also to beef up security in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) and ensure massive deployment of Armed Police Personnel, Patrol Teams and undercover operatives to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots to nip in the bud all forms of crimes and criminality nationwide and make sure that detection of crimes are prompt to serve as effective deterrent to who-will-be criminals.
“The ongoing raids on criminal hideouts will be sustained.
“The Inspector General of Police wishes to extend appreciations and gratitude to the communities, towns and villages along Abuja – Kaduna highway for the supports and assistance being rendered in terms of prompt information and complaints to the Police Personnel deployed in their localities.
“The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to reduce crimes and criminalities in the country remains unwavering”
The arrested kidnappers include, “Umar Mohammed Babuga ‘M’ 27 yrs, AK 47 Rifle was recovered from him, Umaru Kiri ‘M’ 26 yrs, Abdullahi Tambaya ‘M’ 25yrs, Abdulkarim Musa ‘M’ 27 yrs, Isah Musa ‘M’ 30 yrs and Sani Musa 27 yrs ‘M’
Others include, Nura Usman ‘M’ 37 yrs (Second Gang Leader) One (1) AK 47 Rifle recovered from him, Bashiru Yusuf ‘M’ 25 yrs, Abdulrahman Abdul ‘M’ 20 yrs, Abdullahi Bali ‘M’ 40 yrs, Abdulrahman Hassan Nagoma ‘M’, Usman Babuga ‘M’ 25 yrs and Yeti Muhammad ‘M’ 32 yrs.
Exhibits recovered from the kidnappers, according to the PRO include, two AK47 Rifles, sixteen (16) Local made Guns, Locally made Ak47 with Ammunitions, Cutlasses and sticks, as well as Charms.
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