By Andrew Agbese
Six suspected kidnappers have been arrested at various locations in Kaduna.
The Kaduna State internal security outfit, Operation Yaki, announced the arrest yesterday.
Yakubu Yusuf, a retired colonel and Coordinator of Operation Yaki, said the suspects were arrested at Maraban Jos, Ungwan Pama, Sabon Gayan and Rijana villages.
“All the suspects arrested confessed to several kidnapping of motorists along Kaduna – Abuja highway. They further confessed that because of the massive deployment of security forces to their area of operations, most of their gang members have started relocating from Rijana village to their respective home towns,” he said.
He said the suspects and the items recovered from them had been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the State Police Command for further investigation.
The suspects, he said, were picked up on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June 2017 by Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams in a joint operation with the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Teams (IRT) and with the support from the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU).
“These efforts led to the arrest of the suspects including the leader of the gang, Adamu Mamman, a 35-year-old man of Amana village in Igabi Local Government Area, Ali Rabo, also known as Blakky, of Liman Ibada village in Chikun Local Government Area and Awwalu Ahmad, aka Mota, of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area who is the main informant of this gang of kidnappers along the Abuja – Kaduna highway,” he said.
He named the others arrested as Shehu Idris Shagari, a 27-year old of Gadan Gayan village in Igabi Local Government Area, and Umar Antijo, also 27 years old, of Rijana village, as well as Babangida Abdullahi of Rijana village, who he said was a receiver of stolen cattle, phones and laptops