The Adamawa State Police Command has arrested seven people over alleged kidnapping.
According to reports, the suspects nabbed by the police have been terrorising parts of Girei, Tambo, and Borong villages in Girei and Demsa Local Government Areas of the state.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday, the police disclosed that men of the command arrested the suspects on Friday, September 29.
“Further to the Command’s renewed commitment to checkmating crimes and criminality in the State, on the 29/9/2023, the Command operatives attached to Girei Divisional Police Headquarters, in collaboration with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, disconnected the suspects,” the police stated.
The release, signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Nguroje, identified the suspects as Kabiru Muhammed, 42 years old; Ibrahim Audu, 17 years; Hassan Usman, 40 years, Musa Sani, 22 years; Bello Ibrahim, 35 years; Abdullahi Saidu, 17 years; and Muhammed Abdu, 40 years.
“The suspects were trailed to their hideouts after the kidnap of one Koire Alhaji Ruwa of the same address and N10 million ransom demanded.
“Interestingly, when the coordinator of the organised crime was apprehended, he immediately confessed, thereby giving instructions to his collaborators to unconditionally release the kidnapped victim to prevent him from the consequences of the crime he committed. There and then, the victim was released unhurt,” the police explained.
Similarly, the Nasarawa State Police Command has nabbed 18 suspected kidnappers from different locations within the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure during a press briefing in Lafia, the state capital, on Friday.
Nansel revealed that two suspects were apprehended while attempting to acquire additional ammunition and firearms, maintaining that the law enforcement’s proactive approach to curbing criminal activities led to the success of the operation.
Most of the suspects have reportedly confessed to their involvement in the crimes and are actively cooperating with the police.
Ramhan further noted that the investigation has led to the discovery of a criminal hideout in Wassa village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where arms were successfully recovered.
He added that, based on intelligence, the police have arrested suspected kidnappers operating in Nassarawa-Eggon, Akwanga, and Kokona Local Government Areas of Nasarawa state.
The police also paraded four others for suspected involvement in cult activities. Four guns, 11 rounds of ammunition, and a vehicle were among the exhibits recovered from criminal hideouts.
The PPRO attributed this successful operation to the collective support received from members of the public, traditional rulers, other security agencies, and the media.
He, however, said that investigations are ongoing and upon conclusion, the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.