Five suspects arrested for allegedly kidnapping governor’s mother

Nigerian Police on patrol
Nigerian Police on patrol

The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday said it had arrested five suspects in connection with the kidnap of Governor Yahaya Bello’s Mother in May 2014.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Hawawu Bello, 80, mother of Governor Bello, the then Managing Director of Fair Plus Transport Services, was kidnapped in Uvete, Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi, on May 29, 2014.

The suspects are: Iliyasu Suleiman, 44, former Councillor and gang leader, Danjuma Ibrahim, 26, Iliyasu Obadaki, 35, Alhaji Nasiru, 43, and Hafiz Yakubu.

The Nigerian police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr. Moshood said that items recovered from the suspects include: two AK 47 rifles; 20 live cartridges; one army camouflage inner wear; two army camouflage pair of trousers and two army camouflage caps.

Others are: one black Beretta; two plastic guns; three sharp knives and one axe.

He said that all the suspects had confessed to the kidnapping of the governor’s mother and other robberies in FCT, Kogi and Niger.

He said that efforts were being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the gang while the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.

He enjoined members of the public to cooperate with the police to prevent crime and criminality in their localities.

In a related development, Mr. Moshood said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had deployed a joint police team to the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

He said the team comprised Special Police force, Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Squad, the Force Intelligence Team with its headquarters at Rijanah, Kaduna State.

He said that the team was under specific mandate to root out the kidnap for ransom gangs and armed robbery gangs terrorising the route.

Mr. Moshood said that the operation was to compliment and augment the ongoing joint police/military operations on ground before now.

“The police personnel will be proactive and work on actionable intelligence at the disposal of the force and carry out massive deployment,” he said.

He said that Mr. Idris urged members of the public, especially commuters and people in towns and villages along the road to assist and cooperate with the police.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operation, Hyacinth Dagala, has been mandated to supervise the operation.



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  • 0tile

    Did they not say that Islam is a nice religion, why then do young Mohammedans indulge in kidnapping and rape? I hope they did not rape the old lady in the mosque. Certain sins are unforgivable.

    • Shahokaya

      How I kidnapped my master’s son during church service —Obinna, apprentice . Vanguard ON JUNE 18, 2017
      2.Nigeria, kidnapped another Catholic priest in the south of the country: “Assault to the Church”P. Samuel Okwuidegbe taken by unknown people last 18 April on the road that connects Benin City to Onitsha. Punch March 15, 2016.
      3.[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Archbishop of Nigeria has praised police and government officials after their successful rescue of three teenage schoolgirls who had been kidnapped from their church-run boarding school in Lagos.
      The three girls were taken from their dormitory at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in the village of Agunfoye-Lugbusi in Ikorodu, Lagos. The school is jointly run by three Nigerian dioceses: Lagos, Lagos West and Lagos Mainland. Anglican Communion News Marc 6, 2016

      4.Panic and fear struck the Redeemed Christian Church of God congregation (RCCG) of Lagos, Nigeria, when armed men dressed in their Sunday best stormed the Sunday service.”They dressed like people who had come to the church. They had Bibles with them. They did not shoot or display any weapon. It was when they got to the pastor that they brought out their guns and ordered him to come with them,” one witness told Puch Metro.

      5.A mother of three, Mrs Rukky Erujaroh Eneru, was on Sunday abducted by unknown gunmen while on her way to church in Warri, Delta State. Thisday, October 3, 2016.

      • 0tile

        Don’t tell these kidnapping stories anymore. Since Buhari kidnapped Dikko in the 80s his fellow Mohammedans have used the practice to achieve all kinds of purposes. Muslims kidnap women to sleep with, they kidnap children to carryout suicide attacks. They used kidnapping to frighten Jonathan into surrendering power to Imam Buhari. They now use kidnapping to extort money from Christians. Where is the love?

        • Bakanridi

          I hope Mr Otile will convinced the Master/King of Kidnappers EVANS is from part of the country that he hated most.Is EVANS a mallam?

        • Shahokaya

          I have taken amazing 2012’s advice, you are from today hereby ignored. I can’t wrestle with a cursed pig.

      • amazing2012

        Please ignore him, he is cursed !