The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a 28-year-old suspected kidnapper along Akwanga Road in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, Abubakar Mohammed, was arrested with other criminals on Sunday following intelligence-gathering by the police.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel said the suspect, upon interrogation, confessed to being a member of a five-man gang of kidnappers who were terrorizing Barkin Ladi area of Plateau State but relocated to Wamba Road, Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State after two of his gang members were neutralized by security operatives during a fierce gun duel in Plateau State.
A suspected high-profile kidnap kingpin Mohammed Gidado who has been on the watch list of security agencies in Taraba State for years has been arrested.
The arrest was made possible by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance and smart operation of officers of the state command.
He was arrested on March 28 in Jebjeb community of Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.
The suspect was said to have attempted to commit suicide by slitting his throat but was quickly attended to and his life saved.
Parading the suspect before journalists on Thursday in Jalingo, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha disclosed that the suspect alongside his gang members create roadblocks along the borders of Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe states where they intercept travellers and kidnap them.
“We arrested Mohammed Gidado on the 28th of March 2021 in Jebjeb community of Karim Lamido local government area of Taraba state, it is a border community with Plateau State,” Waksha said.
“This is the area they have been causing mayhem to transporters and residents through robbery, kidnapping and cattle rustling.
“He has been in our wanted lists for so long, so, when we got him, we drove all through the night and day.
“We arrived at the state command office at about 9:00 am and while trying to enter the suspect used a sharp metal he saw in the vehicle to slash his throat and luckily we rushed him to the hospital and his life was saved.”
The commandant said investigation to unravel more of the suspects is still on, adding that no culprit will escape.
While insisting that the tides of kidnappings are going down in the state with the arrest and prosecution of culprits, Waksha said the relationship with other sister security agencies is cordial and well-coordinated.
He called on residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear and should they encounter any strange happenings, let them report immediately to any security outfit close by for prompt action.
The command also succeeded in recovering stolen items from some buglers who sighted them and abandoned the properties during a night patrol.
The suspects all confessed to have committed the crimes they were arrested for and pleaded for mercy.
According to the commandant, none of the fleeing gang members will escape its dragnet as it has been spread across the state and the nation to get them wherever they are.
The suspect Mohammed Gidado blamed the devil for luring him to engage in such act.
“We kidnap and rob people of their belongings in a border community between plateau and Taraba states more often,” the suspect said.
“We are many and I heard some of our gang members were killed in a gun duel with security agencies.
“My intention to commit suicide was to avoid been further interrogated. The last set of people we kidnapped, we made a total of five hundred thousand naira from them.”
Also paraded were four others who also specialised in kidnappings, cattle rustling and armed robbery.
A kidnap suspect who threatened to sell his 16-year-old victim has been arrested by operatives of the Edo State Police Command.
The 19-year-old suspect, Tajudeen Igikalo, was apprehended at his residence in Egba along the Benin Auchi Road in the state.
He was arrested by men of the Anti-kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the command following a report by the victim’s mother that her daughter left home for school on March 25, but did not return home.
Two days after the incident, the victim’s mother received a telephone call from the suspect that her daughter had been kidnapped and that she must pay the sum of N3 million through a provided account number before the victim could be released.
“He (Igikalo) further threatened that she will be killed or be sold to Fulani herdsmen if no payment (is made). On the 29th of March 2021, the victim’s mother paid the sum of N550,000.00 into a bank account number made available by the kidnapper.
“On 30/03/2021, operatives of Anti-kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of the command through Hi-tech intelligence and a painstaking investigation arrested the suspect and rescued the victim in his residence,” a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, Kontongs Bello, read.
According to Bello, the suspect has made a confessional statement while items recovered from him included two laptops, a generator, and an industrial standing fan, that were bought from the proceeds of the ransom paid.
He added that the police recovered cash of N220,000 from the suspect while an investigation was ongoing to arrest his gang members.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Phillip Ogbadu, urged the people of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation.
He assured them that the command would not relent in its effort to rid the state of criminal elements.
A High profile suspected kidnap kingpin Ubale Mohammed who has been on the watchlist of security agencies in Taraba state for years now has finally been arrested.
The arrest was made possible by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance, and smart operation of officers of the state command.
He was arrested in Garau community of Karim lamido local government area of Taraba state.
Parading the suspect before journalists in Jalingo, the state commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha disclosed that the suspect while sighting operatives of the NSCDC, broke his sim card and threw away his mobile phone into a river to avoid been investigated to unveil his crimes and those linked to him.
According to the commandant, none of the fleeing gang members will escape its dragnet as it has been spread across the state and the nation to get them wherever they hide.
The suspect is also said to have kidnapped several persons from their homes and whisking them away to a community bordering Plateau state and Taraba with heavy ransom collected.
Before now, the NSCDC command had arrested and handed over another suspected kidnap kingpin Barde Bulala from the same Karim Lamido LGA of Taraba, whose confession led to the arrest of Ubale Mohammed another kidnap kingpin.
Bulala who is still in the custody of the IRT led by Abba Kyari is aiding by divulging more confessional statements that has been of great assistance to security operatives.
” Yes, we do collaborate with not only Abba Kyari, but with also other agencies, and right now the one that is singing the music across the Federation was arrested by my command, we handed him over to Abba kyari and is yielding result ”
” It is based on intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance and cooperation by members of the public, because when the public has confidence in your activities, they give you reliable information and we do not just act on that, we have to also use our intelligence to monitor before we swing into action ”
He adds that the tides of kidnapping is decreasing due to their unwavering stand to stamp out kidnappers and their sponsors.
” This is also made possible through cooperation of all security agencies and the activities of the kidnappers is declining ”
” Through proper profiling we will have more information to go after his gang members on the run and we shall surely get them ”
Waksha notes that residents of the state needs to be vigilant and report any strange movement or face(s) to security operatives for action.
The suspect has three wives, 14 children, and a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria.
He says he has no one to vogue for him or that can be called his best friend in the whole of his community.
The suspect has since been handed over to the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force, for further interrogation.
The principal suspect in the case of a 6-year-old girl whose genitals were mutilated for ritual purposes has been arrested.
19-year-old Abdulkadir Wada was arrested on Friday by the police in Mararaba, Nasarawa State where he fled to, after allegedly committing the crime two weeks ago in Jama’are Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Admitting to the crime, he told journalists how himself and an accomplice committed the crime in an uncompleted building.
“I strangled her and took her into an uncompleted building. Later my friend joined me after making sure that no one was watching,” he said while being paraded.
“He told me to slit her throat, but I told him I couldn’t. He brought out his knife and after confirming that she was motionless, he cut off her genitals”.
The child is, however, now receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, the ritualist who demanded for the genital is still at large.
Several other persons were also being paraded for similar crimes, as the trend of kidnapping appears to be on the rise.
He has allegedly masterminded bank robberies and abductions in the Ekiti State and neighbouring Ondo State.
The police have therefore urged any person with useful information concerning his whereabouts to please contact the nearest Police Station or the SARS Department on 07031620186 or the PPRO on 09064050086 and such person shall be rewarded with the sum of Five Million Naira (5,000,000:00).
The police in Rivers State have arrested two notorious kidnappers and recovered the decomposed body of their victim.
This was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Omoni said the culprits were arrested by the operatives of the Anti- kidnapping unit while doing a follow up in the Kidnap of one Ereba Gospel Dinabari, a male who was kidnapped on the 15th of May,2020 at Woji, Port Harcourt.
According to him, the kidnappers demanded the ransom of N1million which was paid without releasing the victim.
“The Commander of Anti-Kidnapping Unit yesterday 14/7/2020 led the Operatives and stormed Alesa, in Eleme LGA where two suspects, namely: Osundu Uchendu ‘m’ 25 yrs and Amebulem Amos ‘m’ 23yrs were arrested.
“Their confessions led the Operatives to a forest at Alesa in Eleme LGA, where the victim’s decomposing body was found tied to a tree,” the statement partly read.
Recovered from the suspects is a Toyota Spider car belonging to the victim.
Channels Television gathered that the suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnappings around Woji, Abuloma, Peter Odili Road and Eleme Communities.
The police spokesman said that Investigation is ongoing, adding that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as Investigation is concluded.
Misal said the suspects kidnapped one Alhaji Dauda, collected a ransom and killed him thereafter a few months ago.
He added that they have been terrorising residents of Wukari, Ardo-Kola, and Kurmi Local Government Areas of the state.
The command’s spokesman explained that the police have been on the trail of the suspects for a while and after intelligence gathering, they stormed their hideouts which led to their arrests and recovery of arms.
He disclosed that the gang also abducted and inflicted injuries on one Boyi Garba, a resident of Kurmi LGA.
Misal said they collected a ransom of N1.7 million and later kidnapped his wife while a ransom of N1.2 million was paid before the couple regained their freedom.
He, therefore, warned criminally minded individuals in the state to desist from the nefarious acts of kidnapping and other crimes.
The police public relations officer also asked them to surrender their weapons and have a rethink as the command would not relent in its effort to rid Taraba of barbaric acts.
All the suspects confessed to have committed the offence which they were accused of.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, in a statement added that Namdo, who is a mother of one alongside her abductors demanded N10million ransom from her boss.
“The woman, a mother of one, was seen in a bush around the Sangotedo area of Ajah, being threatened by a man wearing a mask and holding a jackknife. The police later identified the masked man as Emmanuel Idu, who is the woman’s boyfriend.
“The abductors were demanding N10million as ransom in the video. The two videos were sent to the employer of the lady with a threat to kill her and to also go after the family of the employer if the ransom was not paid.
“Frightened by the threat contained in the videos and the follow-up calls, the said employer, who is into the vehicle fleet business, reported the case to the police. On the receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to carry out an in-depth investigation into the case,” the statement read in part.
Elkana said further that the videos were thoroughly analysed alongside other vital leads.
“A well-coordinated operation was put in place, which led to the successful rescue of the self-arranged victim of the abduction and the arrest of one of the two suspects, David Okpe.”
Elkana stated that a manhunt had been launched for Namdo’s lover, Idu, who escaped during the rescue operation, adding that both the supposed victim and Okpe would be charged.
A Police Inspector, Idowu Aruna has told a Lagos High Court, sitting in the Ikeja area, how suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans and his gang members used money obtained as ransom from their victims, to build houses.
Inspector Aruna who is a member of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team said he was part of the investigative team that took down the gang.
According to the witness, “The proceeds collected by the first defendant (Evans) were used for purchasing houses at Fred Shoboyede Street, in Magodo Estate where he was arrested.
“While the second defendant’s house located at Emmanuel Keshi Street, Magodo Estate was also bought with the proceeds of crime”.
The police witness also testified that Evans has a twin building located at the Fintex area in Accra, Ghana and another landed property in Anambra State, Nigeria.
“He confirmed that the police have been able to recover some trucks that Evans allegedly used for his business.
A video recording played in open court showed Evans confessing to some of the kidnap activities carried out by himself and his gang.
In the video, he could be heard saying, “We have carried out a lot of kidnappings where I have collected 2.3 million dollars and 1 million dollars as ransom fees for our victims including that of Donatus Dunu where we asked for ransom but he did not finish paying before he escaped from our custody.
The video also contained a confession that arms for carrying out the kidnap activities were allegedly obtained from someone in prison.
The kidnappings include the attempted kidnapping of Chief Obianuju Vincent the leader of “Young Shall Grow Motors”.
State prosecuting counsel, Adebayo Kareem informed the court after the cross-examination of the witness, the prosecution would be closing its case.
Evans is standing trial alongside five others; Uche Amadi, Okechukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Chukwunonso Aduba and a woman, Ogechi Uchechukwu.
All six defendants were arraigned on August 30, 2017, for the alleged kidnap of the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Limited, Donatus Dunu, from whose family they allegedly collected the sum of 223,000 Euro (N100m) as ransom.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi has adjourned the matter to the 31st of January 2020 for the defence to open its case.
Olukoya Ogungbeje, the Lead Counsel to the suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, has withdrawn from his defence.
Ogungbeje who said his withdrawal was based on “personal reasons”, made the development known in a press statement which was made available to Channels Television.
The statement dated Wednesday, June 13 and signed by Ogungbeje himself, read in part: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that we have fought a good fight this far despite repeated and sustained threats to my life and my defence lawyers.
“I dare say we have no regrets whatsoever, having conducted the criminal charges involving our client this far.
“For the sake of history, we have been able to enrich the basic principles of our criminal jurisprudence, especially the principle premised on “An accused person being presumed innocent until the contrary is proved” no matter the public opinion and criticism”.
Ogungbeje also said that himself and his team have been able to keep the Lagos State Prosecution team on their toes in the art of forensic, proper and thorough investigation and prosecution of the accused persons.
Evans is currently facing five criminal charges before three Lagos High Court judges, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo and Justice Adedayo Akintoye.
In the case before Justice Hakeem Oshodi which is expected to resume next Friday, June 22, Evans, Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba are facing a two-counts of conspiracy and kidnapping of one Mr Donatus Dunu who was the last victim allegedly kidnapped by the group before their arrest in June 2017.