Police operatives in Kaduna State have rescued a kidnapped couple and also arrested eight suspected criminals for alleged kidnapping and armed robbery after an exchange of gunshots with the hoodlums.
Nigeriacrime.com learned that there was a hot exchange of gunfire between their operatives and the criminals before they were able to subdue the criminals and rescue the kidnapped victims.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Yusuf Garba has commended the operatives and charged them to go after the criminals as the yuletide season approaches.
Spokesperson of the Command, ASP Mansur Hassan, said: “All the kidnapped victims were rescued, a woman and her 9-month-old baby were among the rescued victims,” he said.
He however said the police operatives were cautious during the operation, so as not to hurt the kidnapped victims and cause collateral damage.
” Most of the criminals were killed and others were able to escape with gunshot wounds,” Mansur said in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored in Kaduna.
In a related development, ASP Mansur explained that “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, CP 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.”
“The said Operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer had on the 17th November 2023 at about 0200 hours stormed the criminals’ den in Nuba farm and arrested the following persons: (1) Bello Suleiman 20 years old, (2) Ismail Abubakar 20 years old, (3) Usman Suleiman 20 years old, (4) Umar Suleiman Gero 19 years old and, (5) Isah Lawal 20 years old all of Farin Kasa village in Soba LGA of Kaduna state. Others are (6) Abubakar Bello 27 years old of Sakaru village in Soba LGA, (7) Ibrahim Mu’azu 20 years old of Bagaldi village Soba, and (8) Umar Suleiman.”
“Preliminary inquiry disclosed that the aforesaid suspects were responsible for the abduction on the 25th August 2023 of Hon. Kawu Ibrahim Yakasai. Equally, a certain Adamu Mu’azu ‘M’ of Bagaldi village was their kidnapped victim in recent times. Their gang leader alias Hanazuwa ‘M’ of Farin Kasa village is at large though trailed. All the suspects will have their day in court after the investigation.”
“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, CP Musa Yusuf 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.”