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KADUNA: Police arrest five kidnap suspects, recover stolen vehicle

THE Kaduna State Police Command has announced the arrest of five individuals in connection with kidnapping offences across the state.

According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, two suspects, Shuaibu Bala and Safinu Musa, were apprehended by police operatives from the Maigana division while attempting to collect ransom money from their victim’s relatives.

“On the 15th of June, 2024, at about 18:10 hours, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Maigana received intelligence from a concerned citizen regarding a group of kidnappers planning to collect ransom money from the relatives of their victim,” the statement read.

“Acting swiftly, the DPO mobilised his patrol team and some members of the local vigilante group to the location. The operation resulted in the successful arrest of the suspects; Shuaiabu Bala, 23 years old, male, from Malanta, Gimba Village.

“Safinu Musa, 22 years old, male, from Bugau Village, Anchau, Kubau L.G.A. During interrogation, both suspects confessed to the crime. Investigations are ongoing to apprehend other members of the kidnapping gang.”

The police also detained three alleged kidnappers in Tafa Town, Kagarko Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The arrest resulted from actionable intelligence obtained by Tafa’s Divisional Police Officer regarding the potential movement of certain kidnappers in the town, prompting the police to move in immediately and catch the culprits.

“Also, in continuation of the ongoing clampdown on kidnappers and their informants within Kaduna State, a significant breakthrough was achieved on June 17, 2024. Acting on credible intelligence received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Tafa, it was reported that some suspected kidnappers were sighted roaming around Tafa Town.

“At about 1700 hours, the DPO immediately mobilized and led a surveillance team, in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) of Tafa, to the scene. As a result of this swift action, three suspected kidnappers were arrested and brought to the station. The suspects have been identified as Sani Amadu (male, 17 years), Sani Lawal (male, 20 years), and Aliyu Usman (male, 22 years), all residents of Dadin Kowa, Tafa Local Government Area, Niger State.

“During the investigation, incriminating evidence, including pictures and videos of banditry activities, was discovered on their cell phones. Upon completion of the preliminary investigation, the case will be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit for further action,” police spokesman said.

The police also recovered a stolen vehicle in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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