BY ROTIMI DUROJAIYE
The Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Response Team has arrested two suspects in connection with the abduction of a Catholic priest in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the suspects, Abubakar Usman, 21, and Salisu Abdullahi, 28, were arrested by the police team following intense intelligence-led operations to unravel, arrest and bring to book, the criminal gang responsible for a series of related high-profile kidnap operations in Kaduna State.
Mba, a Commissioner of Police, stated that investigations by the police team revealed how the arrested principal suspects masterminded and led other gang members to carry out the dastardly act.
He explained that one general-purpose machine gun and three AK47 rifles were recovered from the suspects while effort is still ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.
Similarly, Mba revealed that the police arrested three ex-convicts, Abel Nanfa, 23, Nankum Wazhi, 32, and Jonah Patrick, 25, in Plateau State for their involvement in armed robbery, kidnapping and car theft within the Jos metropolis.
“Investigations revealed that the suspects, after serving their jail terms, returned to their nefarious activities before nemesis caught up with them. The suspects were arrested while trading a Toyota corolla vehicle which they snatched at gun point from one of their victims in Jos. One (1) AK47 rifle, one (1) berretta pistol and twenty-one (21) rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
“In another development, the Police Team arrested one Abubakar Haliru, ‘m’, 48 yrs old, of Zaria LGA in Kaduna State, who lured his cousin, one Binta Mohammed and handed her over to his kidnap gang members in Galadimawa forest in Kaduna State. Binta narrowly escaped from the kidnap gang and thereafter contacted the Police before her eventual rescue. Investigations revealed that Haliru and his gang members are in the habit of taking advantage of family ties to deceive and abduct family members.
“A total of forty-seven (47) suspects were arrested in the various operations, while exhibits recovered include: One (1) GPMG, twenty-two (22) sophisticated firearms and weapons of different calibre, five hundred and twenty-five (525) ammunition, one (1) hacksaw, and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects,”Mba further clarified.
He noted that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has assured the nation that the force will remain committed to cracking down on criminal networks, mopping-up illicit weapons in the hands of criminal elements and generally working toward enhancing public safety in the country.
“The IGP also urged citizens to continue to provide useful information to the police to aid in the crime fighting efforts. All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations,” the police spokesman added.