By ‘kanmi AKINLADE, Investigator Correspondent, Northern Zone/
*A cross section of the suspects and the arms and ammunition recovered from them in display…
ABUJA- POLICE high command said Tuesday, that it has recorded a major breakthrough in the fight against general insecurity in the country arresting no fewer than 34 high profile military uniforms-wearing kidnappers including two hijab wearing females that had made life unbearable for travelers especially, in the northern part of the country. A cache of sophisticated terrifying arms and ammunition, jamming devices were recovered from the enemies of the state.
Sources said the team of crack detectives also arrested trans-border car snatching syndicate that specialized in snatching cars from their owners and ferrying them across the borders to be sold to ready buyers in the neighbouring country. Several assorted push cars were said to have been recovered in the course of investigations.
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A statement by the Force PRO, CP Frank Mba made available to CrimeWorld magazine online which confirmed the arrest said painstaking investigation revealed that the kingpin of the syndicate would normally take his commuter bus to a park in the guise of being one of the known drivers adding that when the bus was full and in the course of the journey he would stop at an agreed spot where armed kidnappers would emerge from the bush and hold all the unsuspecting passengers hostage and thereafter, contact their relations for ransom.
The statement reads in full: “Operatives of the Nigeria Police Special Tactical Squad have arrested a 9-Man syndicate of high-profile kidnappers that specializes in the abduction of travelers on major highways in the North-Western region of the country.
The suspects: Bashir Sule, 25-years-old; Abubakar Haruna, 30-years-old; Babangida Bature, 25-years-old; Aliyu Idris, 24-years-old; Adam Jafar, 26-years-old; Usman Idris, 24-years-old; Yusuf Idris, 45-years-old; Sale Musa, 25-years-old and Umar Sale, 22-years-old, were arrested following investigations by the Police team which uncovered plans by the syndicate to carry out a major abduction of travelers along the Kano-Katsina expressway.
Police investigations revealed that the modi operandi of the syndicate involve the principal suspect, Bashir Sule taking a commuter bus to a motor-park, acting as a driver, to convey passengers. Bashir, while driving to the expected destination, stops at an agreed meeting point where his other gang members swoop in, attack, rob and abduct the passengers.
The criminals thereafter contact the families of the victims for ransom before their release. Investigations further revealed that the principal suspect, Bashir, sometimes joins commuter buses as a passenger and in the course of the journey provides information to his other gang members who then lie in wait for the innocent co-travelers. Bashir in both instances acts as a victim who barely escaped the attack.”
Continuing, Mba added, “Similarly, the police team arrested an 11-man notorious gang for their involvement in series of violent crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery, illegal possession and illicit sale of prohibited firearms. The gang which has two female members – Hafsat Adamu, 24-years old and Aisha Ibrahim, 30-years-old – rely on these women to transport their weapons from one point to another, taking advantage of the innocuous look and sentiments associated with their gender.
In the same vein, the Police also arrested a trans-national car theft syndicate that specializes in stealing cars from Nigeria and smuggling same to Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries. A total of fifteen (15) cars were recovered from the suspects. Also recovered were two (2) jamming devices which aid the suspects in moving the stolen vehicles undetected.
*The jamming gadgets and the stolen cars recovered from the trans-border car snatching syndicate…
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while reiterating the commitment of the Force to the protection of lives and property in the country, called on motor park operators to ensure adequate screening of their drivers and vehicle owners before permitting them to operate in their motor parks.
The IGP noted that thirty-four (34) suspects including 32-male and 2-female were arrested. Eleven (11) high-calibre grenades, eleven (11) sophisticated firearms, fifteen (15) stolen cars, two (2) vehicle jammers, three hundred and eighty-nine (389) AK-47 ammunition, amongst others, were recovered from the suspects. All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.”
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