First, second from left are the two females bandits’ arms carriers.
Nigeria – Operatives of the Nigeria Police Special Tactical Squad, STS, have arrested 34 high profile Kidnappers, including 2 females, Trans-border car thieves and recovered eleven (11) high-calibre grenades, eleven (11) sophisticated firearms, fifteen (15) stolen cars, two (2) vehicle jammers, three hundred and eighty-nine (389) AK-47 ammunition, amongst others from the suspects.
A break down of the arrest as confirmed by the Force spokesperson, CP Frank Mba revealed that 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 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.
Mba gave the suspects name: Bashir Sule, 25-years-old; Abubakar Haruna, 30-years-old; Babangida Bature, 25-years-old; Aliyu Idris, 24-years-old; Adam Jafar, 26-years-old; Usman Idris, 24-years-old; Yusuf Idris, 45-years-old; Sale Musa, 25-years-old and Umar Sale, 22-years-old.
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.
Bashir, it was said, while driving to the expected destination, will stop at an agreed meeting point where his other gang members swoop in, attack, rob and abduct the passengers.
The criminals thereafter will contact the families of the victims for ransom before their release.
Police 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.
It was said that Bashir in both instances, acts as a victim who barely escaped the attack.
Similarly, 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 gang which has two female members, Hafsat Adamu, 24-years old and Aisha Ibrahim, 30-years-old 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.
In the same vein, 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.
A total of fifteen (15) cars were recovered from the suspects.
Also recovered were two (2) jamming devices which aid the suspects in moving the stolen vehicles undetected.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while reiterating the commitment of the Force to the protection of lives and property in the country, called on motor park operators to ensure adequate screening of their drivers and vehicle owners before permitting them to operate in their motor parks.
All the suspects, Mba said will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.