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Police nab abductors of Catholic priest ,45 others

Posted On 13 Oct 2021
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Police nab abductors of Catholic priest ,45 others

The Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested two suspects in connection with the abduction of a Catholic Priest in the Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Also, a total of 47 suspects were arrested in the various operations, while exhibits recovered include: One GPMG, 22 sophisticated firearms and weapons of different caliber, 525 ammunition, one hacksaw, and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects.
According to Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP 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. Investigations by the police team revealed how they arrested principal suspects masterminded and led other gang members to carry out the dastardly act. One GPMG and AK47 rifle were recovered from the suspects while effort is still ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.

“Similarly, 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 term, 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 gunpoint from one of their victims in Jos. One AK47 rifle, one berretta pistol, and 21rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

“In another development, the police team arrested Abubakar Haliru, 48, of Zaria LGA in Kaduna State, who lured his cousin, 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 47 suspects were arrested in the various operations, while exhibits recovered include: One GPMG,22, sophisticated firearms and weapons of different caliber, 525 ammunition, one hacksaw, and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has assured the nation that the Force would 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”.

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