Nigeria Police Nabs 30 for kidnapping and robbery
Nigeria Police has arrested some notorious robbery and kidnap gang members terrorising some states in the Northern part of the country.
According to the Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood (CSP) those arrested included some who allegedly kidnapped and killed an expatriate engineer with Dangote Cement Company.
Moshood, who spoke at the parade of the suspects numbering 30 at the Kogi Police Command headquarters said: “The IGP directed the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ali Said Hangs, to quickly address armed robbery, kidnapping, social miscreants, cattle rustling, cultism on Auchi-Okene-Lokoja, Lokoja-Ajaokuta-Anyigba, Kabba-Oshokoshoko-Obajana highways.
“Effort of the commissioner and his team through vigour, dedication, utmost professionalism and passion for the job, led to the arrest of the 30 suspected criminals and recovery of several weapons, he said.
He said four of the suspects were alleged to have on Oct. 23, kidnapped an expatriate, Mr Jose Machada, a construction engineer with Dangote Cement Company, Obajana.
“The suspects killed the expatriate when the ransom they demanded was not forthcoming.
“Police operatives attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Kogi State Command, in synergy with the DSS promptly swung into action and arrested the four suspects”.
Moshood added that one of the suspects killed a senior employee of Dangote Group, Istifanus Bello, for allegedly trying to shortchange his kidnap gang.
The company worker was said to have been killed for paying them N5 million instead of N7 million ransom for the release of another employee earlier abducted by the suspect and his gang.
He disclosed further that two other suspects were arrested on Kano road, Idah, for terrorising the residents through cultism while another was arrested in Okene for kidnapping and cattle rustling.
According to the police image maker, some of the suspects confessed to during interrogation to have participated in the killing of one Haruna Baso, a resident of Achoze, and carting away the cattle of the deceased.
Items recovered from the suspects included: 11 AK-47 rifles, two Beretta pistols, two Revolver pistols, 334 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, a dagger, a cutlass and military camouflage uniforms.
Moshood who said the suspects would soon be prosecuted and called on parents to monitor their wards appealed to the public to assist security agents with useful information to track down criminals.