Police arrest 34 high-profile suspected kidnappers, trans-border robbers

The operatives of Special Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Police have arrested a 9-man syndicate of high-profile kidnappers that specializes in the abduction of travelers on major highways in the North-Western region of the country.

Penpushing reports that, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba made this known in a statement, adding that recovered exhibits from the suspects include: 11 high-calibre grenades, 11 sophisticated firearms, 15 stolen cars and 2 vehicle jammers amongst others.

The police spokesman gave identities of the suspects as include: Bashir Sule(25); Abubakar Haruna(30); Babangida Bature,(25); Aliyu Idris(24); Adam Jafar(26); Usman Idris 24); Yusuf Idris(45); Sale Musa,(25) and Umar Sale(22).

Penpushing further reports that, Mba said they were arrested following investigations by the Police team which uncovered plans by the syndicate to carry out a major abduction of travelers along the Kano-Katsina expressway.

The police image maker explained that, police investigations revealed that the modus-operandi of the syndicate involve the principal suspect, Bashir Sule taking a commuter bus to a motor-park, acting as a driver, to convey passengers.

Penpushing further reports that, Mba disclosed that, Bashir, while driving to the expected destination, stops at an agreed meeting point where his other gang members swoop in, attack, rob and abduct the passengers.

‘The criminals thereafter contact the families of the victims for ransom before their release. Investigations further revealed that the principal suspect, Bashir, sometimes joins commuter buses as a passenger and in the course of the journey provides information to his other gang members who then lie in wait for the innocent co-travellers. Bashir in both instances, acts as a victim who barely escaped the attack’, Mba added.

Penpushing also reports that, in similar vein, the police team arrested an 11-man notorious gang for their involvement in series of violent crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery, illegal possession and illicit sale of prohibited firearms.

The police disclosed that the  gang which has two female members : Hafsat Adamu( 24) and Aisha Ibrahim(30), rely on these women to transport their weapons from one point to another, taking advantage of the innocuous look and sentiments associated with their gender.

Penpushing reports that, Mba said in a related development, the police also arrested a trans-national car theft syndicate that specializes in stealing cars from Nigeria and smuggling same to Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries.

The police said a  total of fifteen (15) cars were recovered from the suspects, as well as recovery of  two (2) jamming devices which aid the suspects in moving the stolen vehicles undetected,adding that on completion of investigation all suspects will be charged to court.

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