By Amos Tauna
Kaduna (Nigeria) – Special Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Force attached to Operation Absolute Sanity has arrested 16 suspects described as vicious and notorious kidnappers and armed robbery gangs.
A statement by the Force Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood said, some were arrested in the act of laying ambush to kidnap people returning from Christmas and New Year holidays on Kaduna – Abuja and Minna – Suleja – Abuja roads.
According to the statement a leader of the first gang kidnap for ransom, murder and armed robbery, Ibrahim Umar a.k.a ORO ‘M’ aged 20 years confessed to have killed more than Ten (10) people. Other gang members include, Mohammadu Auta a.k.a BABAWURO ‘M’ aged 27 years, Armourer, Musa Usman ‘M’ aged 25 years and Abdullahi Abubakar ‘M’ aged 28 years.
The second gang suspected for Kidnap for Ransom/Rape include Abdullahi Abdulkarim a.k.a Gebegebe ‘M’ aged 26 years, Adamu Mohammed ‘M’ aged 30 years, Yusuf Isah ‘M’ aged 30 years, Ibrahim Aliyu ‘M’ aged 28 years, Aliyu Baba ‘M’ aged 27 years and Yunusa Abubakar ‘M’ aged 28 years.
The third suspected gang Kidnap for ransom were Yakubu Wakili ‘M’ aged 35 years, Isiaka Mohammed ‘M’ aged 26 years, Hassan Usman ‘M’ aged 28 years, Aminu Kabiru ‘M’ aged 28 years, Mubarak Adamu ‘M’ aged 25 years and Yusuf Sani ‘M’ aged 27 years.
It said fter an intense gun battle that lasted more than Five (5) hours between the F- SARS Special Tactical Squad attached Operation Absolute Sanity and the first kidnap for ransom gang in the hideout of the Kidnappers in the Forest along Kaduna – Abuja highway, the Police team busted the 1st gang and arrested the four (4) suspects including their gang leader who is a trained Armourer and the hit-man of the gang.
It explained that the gang is the most vicious and notorious syndicate of Kidnap for ransom gang arrested by the Police in the recent time, adding that the gang leader Ibrahim Umar a.k.a ORO ‘M’ aged 20 years confessed to have killed personally more than Ten (10) people including those that he killed and still collected ransom money from their families.
The statement noted that the suspect also confessed to suck the blood of most of the victims after killing them. “He was identified by some of the victims rescued from their captivity by the Police in the forest during the gun battle.
“The other suspects were apprehended in their various criminal hideouts in the forest and other locations along the Abuja-Suleja – Minna highways for kidnapping, armed robbery, murder and multiple rape cases.
“All the suspects arrested confessed to their various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes. The suspects will be arraigned in Court for prosecution on completion of investigation,” it explained.
lt said investigation is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
“While the ongoing operation is being sustained and extended to other flash points across the country, the Inspector General of Police deeply appreciates the cooperation of communities, towns and villages on Kaduna – Abuja, Abuja – Suleja – Minna highways and all other Nigerians for these success stories.
“He therefore encourages them to continue to support Police personnel deployed in their localities,” the statement pleads.