Police Special Forces comprising members of the IGP’s Special Tactical Squads have arrested 24 vicious and notorious kidnap for ransom gangs, armed robbery gangs and Cattle Rustling gangs who have been terrorizing innocent Nigerians and Travellers plying the busy Suleija-Minna-Kaduna roads.
The arrest according to a statement by CSP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, is sequel to the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to ‘Operation Absolute Sanity’ to get rid of all forms of kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes on Abuja – Kaduna, Abuja – Suleja/Minna highways and other major highways across the country.
Moshood said the IGP Special Tactical Squad (STS) attached to Operation Absolute Sanity, working on actionable intelligence and other information provided by victims embarked on massive raids and swooped on hideouts, kidnappers’ camps where five (5) victims (names withheld) were rescued.
While noting that the suspected kidnappers were arrested after exchanged of gun fire that lasted several hours, the FPRO said two of the suspects Ismailia Haruna and Dahiru Bello who are the Armourers of the gangs were also arrested.
“All the suspects have confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of several kidnap for ransom, armed robbery and cattle rustling crimes.
“Most of the suspects were identified by their victims, some of whom are present here today. They will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
Making the disclosure at Lambatta in Niger State where the parade of the hoodlums took place, Moshood said, items recovered from the gangs were caches of arms and ammunition, operational vehicles of the gangs, 79 Rustled Cattle, 15 Sheep and 5 pairs of suspected fake military camouflage uniform.
The suspects are (Kidnap for Ransom/Armed Robbery) – Bello Garba, Nasiru Mohammed, Saminu Jibrin, Musa Usman, Yazid Umar, Ismailia Haruna – Armourer, Dahiru Bello – Armourer, Usman Mamuda, Ahmadu Musa,
(2nd Gang – Armed Robbery/Cattle Rustling Gang) – Mohammed Saidu, Yusuf Sani, Usman Wakili, Hussaini Yakubu, Muktar Ayuba.
(3rd Gang – Kidnap for Ransom/Armed Robbery) – Nasiru Bogi, Ibrahim Mohammed, Mamuda Yakubu, Ibrahim Mamuda, Musa Yakubu,
(4th Gang – Kidnap for Ransom/Armed Robbery) – Yahaya Yakubu, Hassau Yakubu, Aliyu Mamuda and Salihu Yakubu
Some of the exhibits are 3-AK47 Rifles, 49 Rounds 7.62 X 39mm, 2 Magazines, 2 Dane Guns, Curate Chain, 3 wallets, One Can of Gun Powder, One Bottle of Codeine, 3 ATM Cards, 79 Rustled Cattle, Golf Saloon Car – Operational Vehicle.