Police arrest kidnappers of Bethel Baptist and Greenfield University students, recover weapons [Photos]

Following orders from the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, to crack down on criminals and cut off their supply of arms, FIB-STS operatives have successfully arrested 31 suspects linked to major violent crimes such as kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, and unlawful possession of firearms.

This was revealed in a statement by DSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Nigerian Police force public relations officer, force headquarters, Abuja, while parading the suspects.

Kidnappers arrested

According to Adejobi, during the course of the investigation, the FIB-STS also recovered 61 firearms from the suspects, including 41 AK rifles, 8 Type 06 rifles, 4 Light Assault Rifles (LAR), 4 pump action guns, 2 locally made firearms, 1 G3 rifle, 1 dane gun, 376 rounds of live ammunition of various calibres, and a cash sum of two million Naira.

Prominent among the cases include a case of kidnapping where the duo of Aminu Lawal (aka Kano) and Murtala Dawu (aka Mugala), both acting in tandem with kidnap kingpin Yellow Ashana, admitted to the kidnapping and killing of two police officers and one vigilante in 2021.

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They also admitted to the kidnapping of students from Greenfield University in Kaduna State, as well as the indiscriminate murder of five victims before the payment of ransom, and eventual release of the others.

According to intelligence, there area of operations include; Dan Hunu, Kekebi, Dan Busha Rido, Maraban Rido, and Kumi Sata, all in Kaduna State.

They were allegedly arrested by FIB-STS operatives in March 2022, after their names were mentioned in connection with the kidnapping of Bethel Baptist School students in 2021.

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Similarly, a five-man trans-border syndicate that conducts abduction operations between Adamawa State in Nigeria and Burha, Fituha, and Kesu in Cameroon were also arrested.

The gang, which consists of Abubakar Mohammed, 28 years old, Shehu Mohammed, 38 years old, Abdullahi Ali, 30 years old, Abubakar Ali, 18 years old, and Hussaini Sule, 18 years old, all from Mubi, Adamawa State, preys on wealthy individuals who own expensive homes or cars.

They admitted to kidnapping and raping a newlywed woman in Borno’s Askira Uba Local Government Area, which they released after receiving a million Naira ransom.

On the 11th of May, 2022, they were caught by operatives of the FIB-STS after collecting a ransom of 2 million Naira for one Alhaji Moni of Buladega Village.

CSP Adejobi also revealed the kidnapping duo of Umar Muhammed, 40, from Mitchika in Adamawa State, and Musa Buba, 29, from Hong in Adamawa State, who were both arrested by FIB-STS agents.

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They were allegedly apprehended at the market after credible information was received that they were going to buy food for the abducted victims in their custody. Even after a ransom was paid, they admitted to a number of horrible acts, including the murder and beheading of one Alhaji Mai Gome.

Source: The Nigerian Police Force.

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