Not less than 25 Kidnappers, bandits along Abuja-Kaduna and Zaria highways were arrested by armed Police in the State, after raiding their camps.
Among the Kidnappers that were arrested included those that abducted the Kaduna Assembly and other bandits operating along Abuja-Kaduna and Kaduna-Zaria highways.
In a statement by the Kaduna Police Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Yakubu Sabo, yesterday, the “combined teams of Police operational units from the Command led by the IGP’S Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Puff Adder acted on Intel and raided criminal hideouts at Kingimi and other surrounding Villages in Igabi local government area and in the process, arrested one Buhari Bello a 34yrs old notorious Kidnapper and seven others.”
DSP Sabo pointed out that “upon interrogation, it was revealed that they belong to the gang of notorious Kidnappers /Armed Robbers that have been terrorizing Kaduna -Abuja and Kaduna -Zaria Expressways”, noting that “investigation further revealed that, the suspects are responsible for the kidnap of Hon Suleiman Dabo a Member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly recently and the sum of four hundred and fifty thousand naira (#450, 000) has been recovered from one of the suspects which he confessed to be his share of the ransom paid by the victim.”
According to the Police, “efforts are on to apprehend other gang members and recover their operational weapons”.
Sabo explained that “in its resolve to find a lasting solution to the rising security challenges in the State especially along the major Highways, the Command has intensified a carefully planned and well coordinated raiding on all identified bandits camps”.
He said, “the Combined teams of Policemen from the Command’s operational units, the IGP’S IRT, Special forces and some hunters/vigilantes were mobilised for the operation. The operation has successfully raided and dislodged Bandits from camps located in the following areas; Maigiginya and Gurguzu of Chukun local government area”.
” In one of the fierce encounter, the operatives succeeded in neutralising bandits’ ambush, killed about three suspected Bandits, recovered two AK47 Rifles and three operational Motorcycles. Efforts are on to dislodge them from all the criminal camps within the Command.”
The State Police spokesman further noted that on September 7th, 2019, under the current operation, armed security men “raided Barebri and other Bandits’ camps within Buruku axis and arrested eighteen Kidnap suspects who on interrogation revealed that, they were responsible for the Kidnapping incident of 26th August 2019 along Kaduna Abuja Road where six persons were kidnapped including the three ABU students, killing of a police inspector and carting away with his AK47 Rifle”.
Sabo added: “The suspects are currently helping Police investigation and will be prosecuted accordingly. The Commissioner of Police CP Ali Aji Janga enjoins the good people of Kaduna State to continue to support the Police with relevant information that will help the Command to overcome the recent security problems.”