11 Suspected Notorious Kidnappers Arrested, Seven AK-47 Rifles Recovered In Taraba

Suspected kidnappers paraded by the police in Taraba State.


Operatives of the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team, working with the Taraba State Police Command, have arrested a total of 11 notorious kidnapping suspects in Taraba State.

According to the police spokesman, Frank Mba, the suspects were apprehended for their complicity and various criminal roles in the recent kidnapping incidents in Taraba.

These incidents include but are not limited to the kidnapping of serving personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service, kidnapping of a relative of the Emir of Jalingo, and the killing of a police sergeant in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

CP Mba further disclosed that the police team equally recovered seven AK-47 rifles, two Beretta pistols, 121 rounds of live ammunition of different calibre, four magazines, masks, illicit drugs, and other incriminating items during raids of various hideouts of the suspects in the state.

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The arrest of the suspects follows the deployment of operatives of the Intelligence Response Team by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, to Taraba to complement the efforts of the state command in promptly containing the disturbing trend of kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes.

The suspects, Luka Adam, Shuaibu Nuhu, Moses Amos, Peters Mashi, Ahmadu Mallam, Adamu Mohammed, Dahiru Mallam Dalha, Gambo Isah, Sanusi Ahmadu, Mallam Mohammed Mauludu, Ibrahim Idi, all indigenes of Taraba State, were arrested by the police team from their various criminal hideouts.

Investigations reveal that the suspects, who have also been on the wanted list of the Taraba Police Command, are members of a notorious kidnap syndicate and have been evidentially linked to the recent upsurge in incidents of kidnapping in the state, including the deliberate and calculated attacks on security personnel.

Further probes show that two of the suspects, Gambo Isah and Sanusi Ahmadu masterminded the killing of a Sergeant and left a Police Inspector with gunshot injuries in their recent operation to enable them to escape arrest having abducted some victims in Jalingo recently.

According to Mr Mba, suspects operate by trailing individuals – business owners, Government Functionaries, motorists with flashy and exotic cars, etc – to their houses and thereafter planning and executing the kidnap of such persons.

They also collect huge sums of money as ransom from relatives and friends of their victims before their release.

In the course of investigations, the police are said to have equally identified and raided various criminal hideouts where kidnap victims are usually kept.

While cache of weapons and other incriminating items were recovered from the hideouts, all the kidnap victims held hostage at the various hideouts were carefully and successfully rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.

CP Mba noted that investigators are intensifying efforts at arresting other suspects currently at large.

He also disclosed that the IGP, while commending the good people of Taraba State for supporting the police especially in providing useful information that aided the prompt apprehension of the suspects, assured that the Force will continue to work with all stakeholders in deepening the collective safety of the Taraba people.

The IGP condoled the family of the late Sergeant Ogidi Habu and added that the Police will sustain efforts at improving public safety in all Nigerian communities.

The police spokesman disclosed that all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.

Police Parade 16 Suspected Ritualists In Abuja

The Nigeria Police force has paraded 16 suspected kidnappers and ritualists.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner Of Police, Jimoh Moshood, while parading the suspects in Abuja on Saturday vowed that the suspects will be prosecuted, once found guilty by a court of law.

Moshood said the suspects confessed to killing and butchering their victims after kidnapping them.

He added that the suspects also confessed to delivering the body parts of their victims to sponsors who give them huge sums of money in return.

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“During interrogation, the gang leader Yakubu Hamidu and his members now in Police custody confessed to the crime and admitted that they were responsible and working for Alhaji Ibrahim Alli aka Allims and Alhaji Sharibu Adamu aka Aye Marina whom they hand over the body parts to after killing their victims and severing the body parts,” he said.

According to him, the suspects confessed to have killed many persons in Ankpa, Kogi State including a Police Inspector attached to Ejule Police Outpost in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.

He added that other suspects linked to the crime but still at large will be arrested and prosecuted.

Police Parade Six Suspected Kidnappers In Ogun


The Ogun State Police Command has paraded six suspected kidnappers including a legal practitioner from Ijebu Ode in Ogun State.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested following intelligence investigation which revealed that they had demanded up to 250 million Naira from a businessman to avoid being kidnapped or killed.

He told Channels Television that “based on that, the businessman wrote a petition to the command and the command commenced an investigation into the case.

Paraded suspects in Ogun

“We embarked on a technical investigation and those people suspected that they were being trailed. But we have a recording of all their transactions, but the greatest surprise was that the case involved a legal practitioner who happened to be the one to take on bail, the arrested criminal in the first instance.

“It is a thing of surprise to us that somebody who ought to know what the law says, to uphold the law, is now aiding and abetting the criminals.

“He was even involved in threatening, in making moves to extort money from the businessman.

“The said Alhaji Sakirudeen Olufowobi, did not know that we were trailing him, having all his transactions and conversations with these hoodlums on record.

“At the end of the day, we were able to come up with a very concrete evidence and that is why we got him arrested and the people he was planning with”.

The suspects have, however, denied the allegations levelled against them.

But the police spokesperson says they will be arraigned in a competent court of jurisdiction, soon.

Suspected Kidnappers Arrested In Kano

Suspected Kidnappers, Kidnappers Arrested, KanoKano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 32 suspected kidnappers and the rescue of 21 abductees.

Parading the suspects, the Kano State Police Commissioner, Maigari Dikko, said that one of the suspects and one their victims lost their lives during the rescue operations.

Channels Television correspondent reported that weapons of various calibre were also recovered in the course of Police raids across the state.

Kano has been held to ransom by the activities of kidnappers, armed robbers and other criminals in recent months with an estimated 35 cases of kidnapping reported and many people declared missing.

According CP Maigari Dikko, with support from the people of Kano State, the command was able to put into custody many people suspected of various crimes and recovered dangerous weapons.

Although CP Dikko said that investigation was still ongoing, most of the suspects admitted that they have committed various crimes ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery to rape, car snatching among other crimes.

As the command prepared to hand over the suspects to court, the Police vowed that ambush units of the command would resume the manhunt of the fleeing suspects.

Imo Govt. Demolishes Houses Owned By Suspected Kidnappers

Imo, KidnappersThe Imo State government has demolished buildings said to be owned by suspected kidnappers in Ohoba community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who led the team to Ohoba community disclosed this to reporters in southeast Nigeria.

He vowed that the state government would continue to resist any form of illegal and ill-gotten wealth in the state, especially through kidnapping and armed robbery.

“We will be committing an unpardonable sin by allowing those with ill-gotten wealth to continue to parade themselves as successful people,” he said.

Mr Madumere said that the action would also serve as a deterrent to others who may have plans to make money through such illegal means.

In his words, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, said that the demolition was to ensure that strategies and structures that would prevent carnage in the state were put in place.

“We are trying to ensure that we put a total end to crime and criminality (and) this will send a strong message to those using seed money to build houses and to villagers, especially those who are supporting them,” he said.

The Police Commissioner said that the suspected kidnappers whose houses were being demolished were already in Police custody.