The Nigerian police force says it has arrested at least 25 kidnappers operating along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
The police disclosed that the arrest was carried out in a joint operation involving the inspector-general of police’s (IGP) intelligence response team and other teams.
The police said those behind the abduction of three students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) were arrested.
The students were, in August, kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
Yakubu Sabo, the command’s spokesperson, said the operation has successfully raided and dislodged criminals in the state.
“On 6/9/19 at about 2300hrs, a combined teams of Police operational units from the Command led by the IGP’S Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Puff Adder acted on Intel and raided criminal hideouts at Kingimi and other surrounding Villages in Igabi L. G. A and in the process, arrested one Buhari Bello a 34yrs old notorious Kidnapper and seven others,” the statement read.
“Upon interrogation, it was revealed that they belong to the gang of notorious Kidnappers /Armed Robbers that have been terrorizing Kaduna -Abuja and Kaduna -Zaria Expressways.
“Investigation further revealed that, the suspects are responsible for the kidnap of Hon Suleiman Dabo a Member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly recently and the sum of four hundred and fifty thousand naira (#450, 000) has been recovered from one of the suspects which he confessed to be his share of the ransom paid by the victim. Efforts are on to apprehend other gang members and recover their operational weapons. Update on the ongoing investigation will follow accordingly, please.
“On 7/9/2019, the current operation has also raided Barebri and other Bandits’ camps within Buruku axis and arrested eighteen Kidnap suspects who on interrogation revealed that, they were responsible for the Kidnapping incident of 26th August 2019 along Kaduna Abuja Road where six persons were kidnapped including the three ABU students, killing of a police inspector and carting away with his AK47 Rifle. The suspects are currently helping Police investigation and will be prosecuted accordingly.”
The statement added that Ali Aji Janga, the command’s commissioner, urged the people of the state to continue to support the police with relevant information that will help them overcome the security challenges.