Kidnappers of ex-minister, lawmaker arrested

The apprehended kidnappers of three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu being paraded by the Police, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, March 06, 2016.

The Nigeria Police on Monday said all the members of a kidnap gang that abducted a former minister of state for foreign affairs, Bagudu Hirse, have been arrested.

In a statement by its spokespersons, Don Awunah, the police said the gang which operates mainly in Kaduna and other neighbouring states, was arrested based on intelligence gathered and surveillance which led to the arrest of Dominic Nwakpa, the gang’s leader on January 1, 2017.

Mr. Hirse was kidnapped in Kaduna on November 20, 2016 and regained his on November 26, 2016, five days after he was kidnapped.

PREMIUM TIMES reported Mr. Hirse’s kidnap, although his guest and nephew to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mamman Daura, was believed to be the target.

Mr. Awunah explained that other members of the 7-man gang which includes a dismissed police officer were subsequently arrested at their various hideouts.

All the suspects were paraded by the police.

The police gave the names of the suspects to include Dominic Nwakpa (gang leader), Ifeanyi Chukwu (2nd in command of the gang) and Balat Paul (gang driver).

Others are Ibrahim Samuel; Jatau Peter, a dismissed police officer; Clinton Abere; and Afini Paul, younger sister to the driver of the gang and also owner of the house where kidnapped victims were kept.

Mr. Awunah said the police recovered firearms, ammunition, military and police uniforms and two operational vehicles from the kidnappers.

The Police said the suspects volunteered confessional statements admitting they kidnapped Mr. Hirse and collected ransom before he was released.

“The same gang confessed to the kidnap of Dr. Abdulmalik Durunguwa and his wife in their residence at different intervals in Kaduna. Ransom was also collected by the gang from the family of the victims before they were released.

“A Member of Kaduna State House of Assembly Hon. Ibrahim Samaila was also kidnapped by the gang on 26/8/2016 at Abakpa area of Kaduna State and undisclosed ransom money was collected by the gang before his release,” the police said.

Mr. Awunah said one of the suspects, Mr. Abere, was trailed and arrested in a hotel in Lagos after jumping out of the window of his hotel room on sighting police officers.

Mr. Abere is currently receiving treatment at a police hospital from injury he sustained while trying to evade arrest, he said

The spokesperson said all seven suspects have admitted their roles in the crimes and will be arraigned in court at the end of investigation.


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: Revealed!!! The Only Way Left of Getting an Extra Large Manhood and also Last Up to 38Mins+. Get the Insider Secret Here

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

  • Rommel

    Imprisoning these people will not be useful to Nigeria,we should consider lifetime of forced labor in areas of construction of rural roads and rail lines

  • wazobia ninja!!!!!!

    bla,bla,bla …… what next?

    • Julius

      Another will jump out of the window soon. That’s what is next. Hahahahahaha !! Chei.

  • Flora Akabueze

    Hello everyone i was browsing the internet and i saw a lot of wrong post
    concerning the ILLUMINATI SOCIETY, i felt bad about it, i want to let you
    know few things about the ILLUMINATI SOCIETY. First, i join the ILLUMINATI
    HOOD through the help of an agent someone introduced me to online, after
    years of determination to be a member. being a member of the ILLUMINATI
    your wealth is guarantee, you will be protected, fame, power influence
    e.t.c all these they will give you. one thing i want to correct is that the
    ILLUMINATI don’t pay member any salary, if you are newly initiated they
    will give you the seed of wealth and bless you with wisdom, power,
    influence e.t.c you need to be successful.the seed of wealth is the only
    money the ILLUMINATI SOCIETY give to their member, with this you can start
    anything with the money and you will be successful. Another thing is that
    the society have special blessing for politicians and super stars. Being an
    ILLUMINATI member is a personal decision, the society don’t force or beg
    people to join them. i joined because i want to, no body force me and am
    very happy to be a member today because they have contributed greatly to my
    life by making me one of the leading business man in the world. If you are
    interested in joining the ILLUMINATI SOCIETY contact agent SIR Lord Albert on
    +2348106524057or email him or you can also WhatsApp him he was the
    one that help me. this is the little help i can give you…

  • marcos avelino

    Their names – Dominic Nwakpa (gang leader), Ifeanyi Chukwu (2nd in command of the gang) and Balat Paul (gang driver).
    all Ibos and christians – lets hear the fulani haters comments

  • Julius

    Lmaooooooo, another one jumped out of the window. What’s wrong with these people ? lolz

  • smk

    Igbo Kwenu! even for north, dem no leave us…. Gang leader (igbo), assistant (igbo). it’s so unfortunate…