Sandra Ukele

In response to the IGPs deployment of about 600 Police patrol teams comprising Special Intervention Forces (SIF), SARS, Anti-kidnapping Units, Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), Mobile Police Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and ninety patrol vehicles to curb the kidnap menace perpetrated along the Kaduna/Abuja highway; the joint task force have swept in and arrested a notorious 8-man kidnap gang.

The Police Public Relations Officer at the Force headquarters Abuja, CSP Jimoh Moshood made this known in a statement to journalists on Monday.

The statement adds that the arrest was sequel to the IGPs order to curb kidnappings perpetrated on the Kaduna/Abuja highway, stop the violent crimes done against motorists and ensure a hitch free movement of commuters.

The statement further affirms the gang is responsible for the kidnap of a driver to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, 5 students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Zaria among others.

The suspects are identified as:
 Adamu Mamman 35 years  (aka Master) a native of Amana village Kaduna State, he is the acclaimed  gang leader and was arrested at Maraban Jos; Ali Rabo (aka Blacky) a native of Liman Ibada village Kaduna State, he is the deputy of the gang and was arrested at Gadan Gaya; Umar Atijo 27 years a native of Rijana village Kaduna State he is the main informant to the gang that kidnap for ransom along Kaduna/Abuja expressway and was arrested at Mararaba Jos; Shehu Shagari Idris 27 years a native of Gadam Gayam village Kaduna State. He is third in command of the gang and was arrested at Rijana;  Awwahu Ahmadu 27years (aka Mota) a native of Rijana village Kaduna State he was arrested at Rijana.

More on the list are:  Babangida Abdullahi  31 years native of Rijana village. He is the custodian of stolen cattle, phones and laptops made by the group and was arrested at Anguwan Pama; Usman Abdulmumin 27 years a native of Rijana village Kaduna State he is also a custodian stolen items recovered from the group. He was arrested at Rijana. Ahmad Abdulahi 31 years native of Rijana village, Kaduna State custodian of stolen cattle, phones and laptops and was arrested at Rijana.

Some of the victims have identified the suspects as members of the gang responsible for their kidnappings. Items recovered from the gang are: 3 mobile phones, 4 SIM Cards, a sum of ₦17,000 naira, cutlasses, 2 pairs of  Army camouflage.

The suspects have confessed to the crime, their statements chronicle their  individual roles in some reported kidnap cases perpetuated along the Kaduna/Abuja highway.

CSP Jimoh notes that they will be charged to court on completion of  the investigation and the operation will be sustained to ensure a hitch free movement of commuters on Kaduna/ Abuja highway.

Photo: Picture of  the kidnap gang.


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