The police in Bauchi State have arrested 14 men linked to kidnapping in parts of the state, a statement said.
The police public relations officer (PPRO), Bauchi state command, Mahmoud Mohammed, who issued the statement on Friday, said two persons were rescued from the kidnappers.
Mr. Mohammed, a superintendent of police, said the alleged kidnappers were arrested on Thursday when when a joint force of the police and local vigilante personnel carried out a raid on their hideouts.
“In a bid to stem the tide of kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state, a unit of police detectives attached to Anti-kidnapping Unit/SARS had in collaboration with civil security outfits called Danga Security and Vigilante group stormed the suspected kidnappers’ hideouts around Jauru, Jange, Bahago, Felu and Geji forests – all in Toro LGA of Bauchi State”, said the PPRO.
“The operation was successfully carried out and yielded positive results, especially with the rescue of two hostages”, he said. He Added that the team also recovered five motorcycles, three fabricated guns, one single-barrel gun and some mobile (phone) handsets.”
The statement listed the suspects as Umar Gwamna, 19; Ibrahim Yahaya, 25; Hussaini Hamisu, 20; Salisu Adamu, 20; Salmanu Hamisu, 23; and Ibrahim M. Hussaini, 25.
Also on the list are Abdullahi Hamisu, 23; Yahaya Mai Saje, 21; Lukman Hamisu, 18; Nasiru Halilu, 20; Sani Abdullahi, 35; and Musa Audu,22.
The others are Rabiu Adamu, 20; and Mohammed S. Abdullahi, 40.
The police spokesman said all the suspects are from Jana’s district of Toro local government area of the state.
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