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The Nigerian Police Force says its detectives attached to Operation Puff Adder has arrested eighteen more notorious kidnappers and armed robbers including the suspected killer of King Agom Adara of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Force spokesperson, Frank Mba in a statement on Sunday, said the suspect, Abubakar Ibrahim also known as Dan Habu, 37 years and a native of Kabam in Igabi local Government Area of Kaduna state, was arrested on the 15th April 2019 at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna.
Mba said he confessed to the Kidnapping and gruesome murder of the Kajuru traditional ruler and many other kidnappings and murders.
Mba recalled that operatives of operation Puff Adder had arrested one Mallam Salisu Abubakar, the “Spiritual Father” of kidnappers and armed bandits operating in the Northern part of the country.
Mba said sequel to the arrest, the combined team of crack detectives from IRT, TIU and other Operatives, using actionable intelligence obtained from the Spiritual god father of the kidnappers and other multiple sources, tactically “smoked out” the kidnappers and armed bandits from their hide-outs in Birnin Gwari, Rijana, Katari, Mai Daro and Buruku Forests in Kaduna State before they were eventually arrested at different locations and times in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Kogi states respectively.
The spokesperson added that Police investigations have positively linked the arrested suspects to some of the most heinous crimes committed in kaduna States and its environs in recent times.
“Specifically for example, Similarly, the arrested gang members were also indicted by investigations for the kidnap and murder of Mallam Yakubu Usman, 40 years old male of Jere LGA, Kaduna State and many other crimes.”
“All the eighteen male suspects listed below are currently in Police custody, assisting in the on-going investigations.
According to Mba, they are: Abubakar Ibrahim Alias Dan Habu, 37; Johnson Okafor 44; Shaibu Iliyasu Alias Smally, 20; Ishaik Dabo Alias Keke 38; Mohammed Nasiru 25; Aminu Haruna 25; Shafiu Alhaji Gudau 25 and Auwalu Hamisu.
Others are; Ado Ya’u, 35; Ibrahim Yusuf, 30; Ibrahim Audu, 22; Salisu Ajah, 50; Nasiru Umaru, 25. Magaji Abubakar, 27; Salisu Ali, 18; Lawal Shadari, 22; Junaidu Lawal, 18 and Usman Musa, 43yrs native of Rijiana Village Kaduna State.
Mba said though the suspects belong to different loose, fairly independent but vicious criminal gangs, their operations are centrally coordinated by their “spiritual god father”.
“Efforts are currently being intensified to arrest other gang members still at large, and recover all weapons in the gangs’ armory.” he assured.
He also disclosed that atotal of twenty- two AK 47 riffles, five locally fabricated pistols and a cache of live ammunition were recovered from the bandits.
Mba said the IGP re-assures the nation that Nigeria Police working in concert with other security agencies will not rest on its oars until kidnappings and other violent crimes are subdued, and sanity restored to the land.