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Police arrest two kidnappers of Catholic priest, 45 other crime suspects

A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

The Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) yesterday arrested two suspects in connection with the abduction of a Catholic Priest in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The suspects, Abubakar Usman, 21 and Salisu Abdullahi, 28, were arrested by the police team following intense intelligence-led operations to unravel, arrest and bring to book, the criminal gang responsible for a series of related high-profile kidnap operations in Kaduna State.

Parading the suspects in Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police, said the investigation by the police team revealed how they arrested principal suspects masterminded and led other gang members to carry out the dastardly act.

He said one GPMG and three AK47 rifles were recovered from the suspects while effort was still ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.

Similarly, the police arrested three ex-convicts, Abel Nanfa, 23, Nankum Wazhi, 32, and Jonah Patrick, 25, in Plateau State for their involvement in armed robbery, kidnapping and car theft within the Jos metropolis.

Investigations by the police revealed that the suspects, after serving their jail term, returned to their nefarious activities before nemesis caught up with them.

The suspects were arrested while trading a Toyota Corolla vehicle which they snatched at gunpoint from one of their victims in Jos. One AK47 rifle, one berretta pistol, 21 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

In another development, the police team arrested one Abubakar Haliru, 48, of Zaria LGA in Kaduna State, who lured his cousin, one Binta Mohammed and handed her over to his kidnap gang members in Galadimawa forest in Kaduna State.

“Binta narrowly escaped from the kidnap gang and thereafter contacted the police before her eventual rescue. Investigations revealed that Haliru and his gang members are in the habit of taking advantage of family ties to deceive and abduct family members”, he said.

A total of 47 suspects were arrested in the various operations while exhibits recovered include: One GPMG, 22 sophisticated firearms and weapons of different calibre, 525 ammunition, one hacksaw, and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects.

Mba said the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, assured the nation that the force would remain committed to cracking down on criminal networks, mopping up illicit weapons in the hands of criminal elements and generally working toward enhancing public safety in the country.

The IG also urged citizens to continue to provide useful information to the police to aid in the crime-fighting efforts.

He said all the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.

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