Force hqtrs parade suspected kidnappers, others

It was harvest of weapons at the Force Headquarters, Abuja today when public was updated of recent exploits by the Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) operatives.

The gathered that Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba had earlier given a strong directive to the unit to go after suspects who abducted students of the Greenfield University, Kaduna and bring them to book.

Baba was said to have insisted that the suspects’ supply of arms was cut off to facilitate easy arrest, the order which was obeyed to the letter, resulting into the arrest of 31 connected with kidnapping, homicide, rape, unlawful possession of firearms etc.

According to Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, FIB-STS recovered 61 firearms including 41 AK rifles, 8 Type 06 rifles, 4 Light Assault Rifles (LAR), 4 pump action guns, 2 locally made firearms, 1 G3 rifle, 1 dane gun, 376 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, and cash sum of two million Naira, from the suspects in the course of investigations.

The FPRO disclosed that prominent among the cases included a case of kidnapping where the duo of Aminu Lawal (aka Kano), and Murtala Dawu (aka Mugala), both working in synergy with the kidnap kingpin known as Yellow Ashana, confessed to the kidnap and murder of two police officers and one vigilante in 2021.

“They equally confessed to the kidnap of students from the Greenfield University in Kaduna State, and the mindless murder of five victims before the payment of ransom, and eventual release of the others. Intelligence shows that there area of operations include Dan Hunu, Kekebi, Dan Busha Rido, Maraban Rido, and Kumi Sata, all in Kaduna State. FIB-STS operatives caught up with them in March, 2022, after being on their trail upon the mention of their names in connection to the kidnapping of Bethel Baptist School students in 2021,” he said.

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Adejobi further disclosed that a five-man trans-border syndicate, who carried out kidnapping operations in between Adamawa State in Nigeria, and Burha, Fituha, and Kesu in Cameroun, were also arrested.

He said, “The gang which comprises Abubakar Mohammed aged 28 years old, Shehu Mohammed aged 38 years old, Abdullahi Ali aged 30 years old, Abubakar Ali, aged 18 year old, and Hussaini Sule aged 18 years old, all males from Mubi, Adamawa State, targets wealthy individuals who possess beautiful houses or cars. They confessed to the kidnap and multiple rape of a newly wedded woman at Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno state whom they released upon receipt of a million Naira ransom. They were apprehended by operatives of the FIB-STS after collecting a ransom sum of 2 million Naira for one Alhaji Moni of Buladega Village on the 11th of May, 2022.

“Operatives of the FIB-STS equally apprehended the duo of Umar Muhammed aged 40 years old from Mitchika in Adamawa State, and Musa Buba aged 29 years old from Hong in Adamawa State, who are famous for their kidnapping activities. They were arrested at the market, upon credible intelligence that they would be there to buy food items for their kidnap victims. They confessed to many heinous crimes including the killing and beheading of one Alhaji Mai Gome, even after ransom payment had been made.”

The IGP, while commending the FIB-STS operatives for the breakthroughs, promised that all criminal elements would be smoked out to answer to their crimes in due course.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations,” FPRO assured.

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