THE Taraba State police have apprehended and paraded no less than 20 suspected kidnappers.
This is in response to intelligence gathering and public outrage regarding the nefarious operations of criminal elements, which prompted the command to initiate a significant manhunt for criminals hide out in some designated hot locations throughout the state.
Abdullahi Usman, the Police Public Relations Officer, stated to reporters at the command’s headquarters in Jalingo that the suspects had all confessed to committing the crime as operatives confiscated three AK-47 weapons and a manufactured pump action gun.
According to him, the suspects have collected over 30 million naira in ransom from the families of their victims.
”The Command has not been relenting in its efforts to sustain a serious manhunt on bandits and other perpetrators of crimes within the state in line with the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.
”The command has launched a serious manhunt on the criminals hibernating in some identified hot spots within the state following public outcry on the nefarious activities of these criminal elements operating within the state, particularly the Jalingo metropolis.
”The Special Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Special Striking Force attached to the Government House have organized constant raids on the hideouts of these hoodlums to have crimes free society where law abiding citizens would be allowed to go about their lawful business without fear of being molested or intimidated by any quarter.”
According to the police public relations officer, operatives acting on credible intelligence arrested one Sanusi Ibrahim and his accomplices John Baba and Hassan Yusuf in Sabon-Gida Akwe village of Kurmi local council, where they were among the kidnapping gang terrorizing the area.
He stated that the suspects allegedly colluded and attacked the residence of one Mafure Hassan of Sabon-Gida village, kidnapped two of his relatives, Usman Hassan and Habiba Mafure, and demanded a ransom of two million one hundred thousand (2.1M).
”During interrogation, suspects confessed to having committed the crime along with one Hassan Yusuf now at large as the police say effort is on, with the view to arresting the fleeing suspect.”
He further stated that the command’s Special Anti-kidnapping Unit apprehended two suspected kidnappers in Donga Local Government Area and retrieved one AK-47 gun and two live rounds of ammunition.
The suspects admitted to being part of a gang of armed robbers/kidnappers terrorizing the Donga, Bali, and Takum Local Government Areas.
”On 26/08/2023 at about 2300hrs, on a tipoff, the command through consolidated efforts of the men of the Anti-kidnapping Unit arrested four persons in Kurmi LGA for invading the house of one Hussein I Mohammed of same address and kidnapped his son to an unknown destination demanding a ransom of Six million naira ”
”During the process of delivering the ransom to the kidnappers by the relations of the victim, the Anti-kidnapping team was intimated, they swiftly responded and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and succeeded in arresting the suspects, while others escaped with various degrees of injuries as a result of the gunshot and the victim was rescued unhurt and reunited with his family.
”On 2/09/2023 at about 0100hrs gunmen invaded the house of one Theophilus Abeh of Gindin Doruwa Wukari LGA and Kidnapped his daughter named Unity Tanko and demanded a ransom of one Million naira which was paid before securing her release.’’
”Acting on intelligence, the Anti-kidnapping team of the Command swung into action and deployed operatives to the area and arrested one Mohammed Saleh of Goroho village in Wukari LGA Taraba State.”
The suspect has confessed to the crime
”On 10/09/2023 at about 10:00hrs, credible information was received from reliable sources, some strange faces were sighted and suspected to be kidnappers at their hideout along Gatan Feeder road Kurmi LGA Taraba State, on receipt of the information, the Command deployed team of operatives to storm the area, on sighting Police officers, the hoodlums quickly engaged the operatives, but due to superior firepower of the Police, they were subdued and four of them arrested with One AK-47 riffle and an empty magazine was recovered in their possession.
”Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping team in collaboration with the Vigilante group of Ibi LGA, successfully arrested one Ibrahim Abdullahi of Gishirin Hassan Village in Ibi LGA, when interrogated, the suspect confessed to having been among the gang of kidnappers terrorizing Ibi and Wukari areas together with his cohorts now at large.
”During investigation, one Karau Mohammed of same Village was arrested in connection to the crime.”
He further revealed that On 19/09/2023 at about 11:30hrs, a tipoff team of operatives attached to the State Intelligent Bureau (SIB) arrested three suspected kidnappers and an informant.
”The group are said to be terrorizing the Mayo-Dassa community of Jalingo, and revealed to the Police that they were involved in many kidnappings that took place within Jalingo and environs.
”I want to assure you that the Command under the stewardship of CP Yusuf Suleiman is committed to deploying both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches in tackling crime and criminality towards boosting public safety and security in the State.
”The CP enjoins good citizens of Taraba State to be law-abiding and also to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies to enable them discharge their constitutional mandate.
”Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police assures Taraba residents that the Command remains resolute in sustaining robust patrol within the metropolis and beyond, as he advised members of the public to be security conscious and report to the Police any person(s) with suspected character.”
He, however, assured that all the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution and will face the full wrath of the law.
A 27 year old suspect Tsino Buba confessed to committing the crime.
”What brought me here is my involvement in kidnapping and God intervened by not letting us kill our victim but in the process of collecting the ransom from the family we were arrested.
”This is my first time getting involved; I am a 27-year-old student, an indigene of Kurmi Local Government Area.
”I am advising my fellow youth not to involve in any nefarious acts, I am pleading and confessing my sins, I will never repeat it.”