No fewer than eight kidnap suspects were apprehended around the Maigana General Aea in the Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The police spokesperson in the state, ASP Mansur Hassan, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement he issued in Kaduna.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) identified the suspects as Bello Suleiman, 20; Ismail Abubakar, 20; Usman Suleiman, 20; Umar Gero, 19; and, Isah Lawal, 20; all of Farin Kasa village in Soba LGA.
Others, he said, are Abubakar Bello, 27 (Sakaru village in Soba LGA), and Ibrahim Mu’azu, 20 (Bagaldi village Soba).
Furthermore, Hassan disclosed that operatives of the command are trailing the gang’s leader who is presently at large.
The command image maker stated that the Commissioner of Police, Musa Garba, ordered police officers to ensure that the good people of the state is protected against all odds.
The police chief said, “In a recharged drive towards guaranteeing that lives and properties are secured in Kaduna State, especially during the impending festive season coupled with the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Musa Yusuf Garba, directive to Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders to go on the offensive, Police Operatives from the Divisional Headquarters Maigana has succeeded in the arrest of eight suspected kidnappers and armed robbers.
“Preliminary inquiry disclosed that the aforesaid suspects were responsible for the abduction on August 25, 2023 of Kawu Ibrahim Yakasai. Equally, a certain Adamu Mu’azu ‘M’ of Bagaldi village was their kidnapped victim in recent times. Their gang leader one alias Hanazuwa ‘m’ of Farin Kasa village is at large though trailed. All the suspects will have their day in court at the completion of the investigation.”
The statement added, “The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, CP Musa Garba, hailed the operatives and tasked them to even be more circumspect during this yuletide season.
“He also called on the public to be security conscious as criminal elements are on the prowl to unduly meet up with the demand of the festive period.”