Troops Nab Female ‘Kidnapper’ Picking Up Ransom In Taraba


Troops from 93 Battalion under 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected female kidnapper who was trying to pick ransom for an abducted victim in Taraba state.

Also apprehended is a notorious gunrunner dealing in arms and ammunition and supplying them to criminals within Taraba State and other parts of the country.

According to reports, the female suspect confessed to being married to married to Voryor Gata, a notorious criminal and former second-in-command to the late Gana Terwase.

Spokesperson of the Brigade, Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde said in a statement on Thursday that the female suspected kidnapper, named Janet  Igohia, 31, was arrested after picking up the sum of N1.5million, being ransom payment for an abducted victim in the Chanchangi area of Takum Local Government Area in the state.

The statement said; “On 25 January 2024, information was received from our sources on the activities of extremist groups and insurgents around Chanchangi and Sai communities on their plans to move to a drop zone where relatives of abducted victims were directed to drop ransom money
“Based on this information, troops deployed at Chachangi laid in wait at the suspected area, and at 10:00 am, Janet Igohia, age 31, was arrested after picking up the sum of one million, five hundred thousand naira (1,500,000,00) only, being ransom payment for an abducted victim,”

The statement said; “She is currently married to the leader of a violent extremist group in southern Taraba. According to her, she had previously been married to high-profile criminals such as the late Terkibi Gemaga aka Mopol, a notorious kidnapper who was killed by troops five years ago.

“She revealed that she also got married to late Gana Terwase, another notorious criminal who was killed during a joint special force operation three years ago.”

Lieutenant Olubodunde stated that working on credible intelligence on the activities of the arms dealers, the troops arrested a key suspect, Joshua Dutse Idah, 45, adding that the suspect was tracked by security operatives leading to his arrest in Ibbi town, Ibbi Local Government Area of the state while he was driving to Kaduna State in a blue Volkswagen Sharon vehicle with registration number Rivers SKN-390AA.

The Troops’ spokesman further explained that on interrogation, Dutse confessed he was going to Katsina State to bring AK-47 rifles for which he received part payment of N300,000, adding; “After a thorough search on the vehicle, troops recovered 1 PK machine gun, 399 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, and 3 AK-47 rifle magazines”

He also disclosed that the troops deployed in the Mararaba Baissa community of Donga Local Government Area apprehended two other suspected gunrunners who were allegedly involved in extra-judicial killings and cattle rustling with the sum of N600,000.

Lieutenant Olubodunde, who said; “The money recovered from the suspects was part of the proceeds from their illegal activities and 2 Techno mobile phones”, listed the suspects’ names as Alhaji Adamu Damisa (40) and Usman Isah (44).

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