The Crack Squad of the Yobe State Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old kidnapping kingpin, identified as Mohammed Wada.
Disclosing this, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, said the suspect was apprehended in Kanda village of Kolere community, Fune Local Government Area, in possession of deadly weapons.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, Abdulkarim said, “On 25th September, 2023 at about 1700hrs detectives from the Crack Squad responded to a distress call that a gang of bandits were seen servicing their Arms and Ammunition in preparation to attack unsuspecting innocent civilians”.
According to the police spokesman, the suspect confessed to having organised and perpetrated many kidnapping incidents in parts of Damagum, Kolere and some parts of Tarmuwa and Dapchi local government areas.
“The suspect also cited two incidents of which N2.5 million (Two Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira) and N5 million (Five Million Naira) were received as ransom from victims’ families,” he said.
The police recovered one pump action gun, two fabricated pistols and some ammunition from the suspect.
DSP Abdulkarim added that an investigation has commenced as efforts are on to arrest other syndicate members.
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Meanwhile, in the statement, the state Commissioner of Police, Garba Ahmad, commended the efforts of officers and men of the command for the recent successes recorded and urged them to sustain the tempo.
The CP appealed to good people of the state for more support, especially by divulging credible information about the hideouts of criminal elements.
In another news, the corpse of a 47-year-old man who was swept away by flood on Monday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital has been recovered on Wednesday.
The unidentified man was swept away by torrential water during a severe downpour on Monday evening, according to the spokesman of the State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday.
“The unidentified man, approximately 47 years old, tragically lost his life as he was swept away by the torrential water and recovered dead today 27th September, 2023.
“This morning at about 09:11 hours, the Kwara State Fire Service received a distress call from one Mr Saheed and promptly arrived at the scene of the incident.
“With their dedicated efforts, they successfully recovered the man’s lifeless body from the turbulent water, which had come to rest at the Oloje Bridge adjacent G’ Division Police Station, Oloje, Ilorin.
“In a formal and compassionate handover, the Kwara State Fire Service transferred the recovered body to Mr. Saka Abdulkareem, the Environmental Officer of Ilorin West Local Government,” the statement added.
The Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, expressed sadness over the incident and urged the general public to be more careful in their day-to-day activities and desist from any movement from one place to another during any downpour.