Police recover 22 AK-47 rifles from 18 suspected kidnappers, bandits

Police detectives attached to Operation Puff Adder have arrested 18 notorious kidnappers and armed robbers during a series of intensive and sustained investigative operations across the country.

The detectives also recovered 22 AK-47 rifles, five locally-made pistols and a cache of live ammunition from the arrested suspects.

The combined team of crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Unit, the Technical Intelligence Unit and other operatives, who used actionable intelligence obtained from the spiritual godfather of the kidnappers, Salisu Abubakar, and other sources, reportedly arrested the suspects from their hideouts in Birnin Gwari, Rijana, Katari, Mai Daro and Buruku Forests in Kaduna State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Sunday, said the men were eventually arrested at different locations in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Kogi states, respectively.

He stated that police investigation positively linked the arrested suspects to some of the heinous crimes committed in Kaduna State and its environs in recent times.

Mba said, “For example, Abubakar Ibrahim, alias Dan Habu, 37, a native of Kabam in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, who was arrested on April 15, at Rigachikun in the Igabi LGA, confessed to the kidnapping and gruesome murder of the Kajuru monarch, Agom Adara, and many other kidnappings and killings.”

He added that the gang members were also indicted by investigation on the kidnap and murder of Mallam Yakubu Usman, 40, of the Jere LGA, Kaduna State and many other crimes.

The FPRO stated that the 18 suspects in custody were assisting with ongoing investigation.

Mba said, “Although, the suspects belonged to fairly independent but vicious criminal gangs, their operations are centrally coordinated by their spiritual godfather, Mallam Salisu Abubakar. Efforts are currently being intensified to arrest other gang members still at large, and to recover all weapons in the gangs’ armory.”

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, while commending his men for the achievements, re-assured the nation that the Nigeria Police Force would not rest on its oars until kidnappings and other violent crimes were curbed.
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