Police arrest kidnappers, recover N2.1m ransom - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Saturday, January 28, 2023

Police arrest kidnappers, recover N2.1m ransom

By Our Correspondent

Niger State Police Command has arrested two suspected kidnappers who had been terrorizing part of the Federal Capital Territory and Lambata -Kafin-Koro areas of Niger state.

Those arrested are Isyaku Anaruwa Abdullahi, 18yrs of Kwakuti village via Kafin-Koro, Paikoro local government area of Niger state and Muhammadu Sani Yakubu, 21yrs of Paiko-Kore village via Gwagwalada area of FCT Abuja.

Besides the duo arrested, seven people abducted and kept in the forest by the syndicate were also rescued by the Police while a sum of N2.1m was also recovered from the bandits.

It was gathered that the state Police tactical team took the battle to the bandits in their hideout and engaged them in a gun battle that eventually led to the success story.

However, some of the bandits it was gathered escaped from their hideouts and left behind the seven victims.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ogundele Ayodeji who confirmed the development through the  Command's spokesman DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the Police acted on intelligence received from the public that two male adults were sighted lurking around Lambata-Bonu road, Gurara LGA on Friday.

He said, the DPO of Lambata immediately mobilized Police tactical teams with local vigilante members to the area and arrested the two suspects.

"During interrogation, the duo confessed to being among the kidnapping syndicates terrorizing Gwagwalada FCT Abuja, Lambata and Kafin-Koro areas respectively. Three handsets were recovered from the suspects and a sum of two million, one hundred thousand Naira collected as ransom negotiated to release two victims earlier abducted at Gwagwalada and they also confessed  that the kidnapped victims were kept at Gwalo forest where they were eventually apprehended.

"In the process, the tactical teams had a gun battle with the abductors in the forest while the hoodlums escaped from the hideout and abandoned seven victims out if which six are males and one female," the PPRO explained.

He added that the victims were rescued unhurt and were taken to Federal Medical Centre,(FMC) Bida for medical attention and have reunited with their families. 

Meanwhile, another suspected kidnapper was also arrested in Bate-Ukpo village in Mokwa local government area of the state with a locally fabricated gun and cutlass found in him.
DSP Abiodun said  the suspect had confessed to have conspired with one Dogo Yellow and Dogo Mai-Saje, both presently at large to kidnap a person in the village.

He said all suspects will be arraigned in court for prosecution as soon as investigations are concluded adding that effort is ongoing to identify and arrest other members of the syndicates.

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