NIGER: Seven rescued as police arrest two suspected kidnappers

THE State Police Command said two suspected kidnappers were arrested in Gurara Local Government Area (LGA), rescuing seven victims, including six male and one female.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement said the arrests were made around 10:30 am on Friday, based on intelligence received that two male adults were sighted lurking around Lambata-Bonu road, Gurara LGA.

Police tactical teams were said to have been mobilised to the area in collaboration with local vigilante members.

According to Abiodun, the tactical teams had a gun battle with the suspected abductors in the forest. In the process, “the hoodlums escaped from the hideout and abandoned seven victims; six males and one female at the scene.”

The PPRO added that the victims were rescued unhurt, taken to the Federal Medical Centre for medical attention and reunited with their families.

He disclosed that the suspects, aged 18 and 21, confessed to being members of the kidnapping syndicate terrorising Gwagwalada, FCT Abuja, Lambata and Kafin-Koro areas, respectively.

“Three handsets were recovered from the suspects and a sum of N2.1 million collected as ransom negotiated to release two victims earlier abducted at Gwagwalada.

“They confessed further that kidnapped victims were kept at Gwalo forest. The DPO further mobilized and combed the Gwalo forest in between Lambata and Kafin-Koro areas.”

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