Police nab ‘Top Spiritual Father’ of Kidnapping Gangs terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna Highway; another gang member who abducted Channels TV reporter.
In continuation of efforts to rid the Abuja – Kaduna Expressway of Kidnapping and other heinous crimes, crack detectives from the IGP Intelligence Response Unit (IRT) and other operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder have arrested one Mallam Salisu Abubakar, 48yrs old, a native of Dutsinma LGA, Katsina State.
The Mallam, a self-confessed spiritual father of kidnappers terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna expressway and parts of other North-West/North-Central States of the Country, was arrested on 16th April, 2019, following painstaking intelligence and subsequent manhunt, in his hideout, in a forest, at Galadimawa Village, Kaduna State.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba noted that, “Investigation has clearly implicated the suspect for aiding and abetting the commission of several high-profile armed robbery and kidnapping operations in the North West and North Central States of the Country.
“The suspect is notorious for providing spiritual guidance and intelligence for kidnappers, before and after their operations.
“His arrest, no doubt, will assist Police operatives to apprehend several other kidnappers and vicious criminals still at large.
“Similarly, the operatives on 14th April, 2019, in Abuja, arrested one Godwin Ige aka ‘White’ 28years old, a native of Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo State, the fourth member of the gang responsible for the kidnap of Channels TV Staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.
“The operatives recovered from him One (1) Berretta Pistol, One (1) Locally made pistol, eleven (11) live Ammunition, two (2) live Cartridges and One Honda Accord Car with Reg. No. KWL 420 GU with which the victim (Friday Okeregbe) was kidnapped on 22nd March, 2019”.
“While appealing for public support, patience and understanding assures that the Police and other security agencies will not rest on their oars until our homes and highways are made safe and secured.”
DCP Frank Mba
Force PRO, Force HQ, Abuja
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