P olice have arrested 11 suspected kidnappers allegedly responsible for the recent upsurge of kidnapping and other crimes in Taraba State with seven AK47 rifles and 121 live ammunition recovered.
The spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force, CP Frank Mba, said in a statement yesterday that the suspects were behind recent kidnapping incidents in Taraba including the kidnapping of a member of the Nigeria Customs Service, a relative of Emir of Jalingo and the killing of a Police Sergeant in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital among others.
Mba added that cache of weapons and other incriminating items were recovered from the hideouts of the suspects.
He added that all the kidnap victims held hostage at the various hideoutswerecarefullyandsuccessfully rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.
The suspects were arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team by the Inspector General of Police deployed to Taraba to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in containing the disturbing trend of kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes Mba listed the suspects as: Luka Adam, Shuaibu Nuhu, Moses Amos, Peters Mashi, Ahmadu Mallam, Adamu Mohammed, Dahiru Mallam Dalha, Gambo Isah, Sanusi Ahmadu, Mallam Mohammed Mauludu, Ibrahim Idi, all indigenes of Taraba State.
He said the Police team also recovered seven AK47 rifles, twoBerettapistols, 121roundsof live ammunition of different calibre, four magazines, masks, illicit drugs and other incriminating items during raids of various hideouts of the suspects in the state.
“Police investigations revealed that the suspects, who have also been on the wanted list of the Taraba Police Command, are members of a notorious kidnap syndicate and have been evidentially linked to the recent upsurge in incidents of kid napping in the state, including the deliberate and calculated attacks on security personnel.
“Investigations also revealed how two (2) of the suspects, Gambo Isah and Sanusi Ahmadu masterminded the killing of the Police Sergeant and left a Police Inspector with gunshot injuries in their recent operation to enable them escape arrest having abducted some victims in Jalingo recently.
“Investigations further revealed thatthemodioperandiof thesuspects includetrailingindividuals– Business owners, Government Functionaries, motorists with flashy and exotic cars, etc – to their houses and thereafter planning and executing the kidnap of such persons.
They also collect hugesumsof moneyasransomfrom relatives and friends of their victims before their release.
“The police in the course of investigationsequally identified and raided variouscriminalhideoutswherekidnap victims are usually kept.
“While cache of weapons and other incriminating items were recovered from the hideouts, all the kidnap victims held hostage at the various hideouts were carefully and successfully rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.
“Meanwhile investigators are intensifying efforts at arresting other suspects currently at large