Abuja-Kaduna Road: Police Parade 40 Suspected Kidnappers

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The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday announced that the crackdown on kidnappers operating along Abuja-Kaduna Road was yielding fruits, as it paraded no fewer than 40 suspected kidnappers so far arrested.

According to a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood, “The deployment of the Operation Absolute Sanity personnel by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, to tackle the cases of Kidnappings in the recent times on Abuja-Kaduna Highway have been yielding positive results.

“The operations, comprises Special Police Force, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Units, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, the Force Intelligence Branch with Headquarters at Rijanah, Kaduna State. The Joint Police Team are (sic) under strict mandate to rout (sic) out the kidnap for ransom gangs and armed robbery gangs that have been terrorizing the Abuja-Kaduna Highway in the recent times. The operation is to complement and augment the on-going Joint Police/Military operations on the ground.

“After the arrest and parade of thirty two (32) suspected kidnappers and their caches of Arms and ammunition on the 31st of July, 2017 at Kateri on Abuja-Kaduna Highway, further efforts intensified by the Police personnel of Operation Absolute Sanity in the last few days resulted in the arrest of additional forty (40) suspects and recovery of large caches of arms and ammunition, and other exhibits listed above in Rijanah area and other locations along Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

“The identified kidnappers’ dens, hideouts, camps and other black spots in the forest along Abuja-Kaduna Highway were stormed and raided by the personnel of Operation Absolute Sanity within the last few days and in the process three (3) victims (names withheld) were rescued unhurt from the gangs without payment of any ransom, and they have been reunited with their families. Some of the victims have identified most of the suspects as the people that kidnapped them.

“All the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes. They will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation

“The Inspector General of Police, hereby wishes to express deep appreciation and gratitude to the communities and people in the towns and villages along Abuja –Kaduna Highway for their cooperation and support being given to the Police personnel deployed in the Operation Absolute Sanity that have led to so many successes in the ongoing Operations. He, therefore, implored travellers and other road users to support the Police personnel in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

Below are names of the suspects and items recovered as disclosed in the statement made available to Forefront.

1. ALI BELLO aka ZUNGI (gang leader) principal suspect ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
2. ALHAJI GOMA SHEHU aka Namagogo (second in command), ADULT
3. MOHAMMED MUJU’A (ARMOURER), ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
4. DANLADI HASSAN, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
5. MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
6. DANIEL OWOBI, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
7. EGWU OGIRI, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
8. BASHIR HARUNA, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
9. SHEDRACH HOSIAH, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
10. VICTOR YOHANNA, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
11. SULEIMAN ISAH, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
12. ABBAS ALIYU, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
13. BALA ISIYA, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
14. HAFIZ JIBRIN, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
15. AMINU MOHAMMED, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
16. ABDULLAHI ADAMU, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
17. TUKUR ADO ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
18. ILIYASU SODA, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
19. MOHAMMED MUSA, ADULT ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
20. ALIYU HALILU, ADULT ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
21. ALI ADAMU, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
22. AHMADU YA’U, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
23. SHEHU HABU, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
24. ISHAKWU IBRAHIM, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
25. MUSTAFA IBRAHIM, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
26. TANKO ABDULLAHI, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
27. JIBRIN MOHAMMED, ADULT ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
28. JIBRIN WALI, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
29. TIJJANI AHMAD, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
30. MOHAMMADU RABIU, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
31. SULEIMAN MOHAMMED, ADULT ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
32. DAHIRU BELLO, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
33. ABDULKARIM BELLO, ADULT ,ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
34. MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
35. USMAN ABDULLAHI, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
36. UMAR GARBA, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
37. ABDULRAHAMAN AMADU, ADULT ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
38. MU’ÁZU SALISU, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
39. BALA ISIYAKU, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY
40. MOHAMMAD SANI, ADULT, ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAY

EXHIBITS RECOVERED
1. ONE (1) LOCALLY MADE SMG
2. THREE (3) AK 47 RIFFLES
3. ONE (1) DOUBLE BARREL RIFFLE
4. TWO (2) SINGLE BARREL
5. ONE (1) RIFFLE WITH TELESCOPE SIGHT
6. THREE (3) LOCALLY MADE PISTOL
7. ONE (1) REVOLVER WITH 7.62M AMMUNITION
8. FIVE (5) PUMP ACTION
9. ONE (1) REVOLVER PISTOL
10. THIRTY (30) LIFE CARTRIDGES
11. SEVENTY SEVEN (77) 7.62MM AMMUNITION
12. 10 9MM AMMUNITION
13. TWO (2) MAGAZINE
14. ASSORTED CHARMS
15. FIVE (5) LAPTOPS BELONGING TO VICTIMS
16. FIVE (5) IPAD BELONGING TO VICTIMS
17. VARIOUS TYPES AND MAKE OF HANDSET (PHONE) BELONGING TO VICTIMS
18. SEVERAL WRIST WATCHES (ASSORTED) BELONGING TO VICTIMS
19. JEWELRIES

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