Six arrested for Abuja-Kaduna road kidnappings

Abuja-Kaduna Expressway

Six persons who are alleged to be notorious kidnappers terrorizing Kaduna – Abuja highway have been arrested.

The Kaduna State internal security outfit, known as Operation Yaki, announced the arrests Sunday in Kaduna.

A statement signed by the spokesperson to Governor Nasir El Rufai, Samaila Aruwan, said suspects were picked up on Thursday and Friday last week by Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams in a joint operation with the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Teams (IRT) and with support from the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU).

“The arrest of the kidnappers is sequel to the massive deployment of more police assets and patrol vehicles in the area in the last one week,” the statement said.

It also said the efforts led to the arrests of the suspects including the leader of the gang, Adamu Mamman, a 35-year old of Amana village in Igabi Local Government Area; Ali Rabo, also known as Blakky, of Liman Ibada village in Chikun Local Government Area; and Awwalu Ahmad, aka Mota, of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area who is the main informant of the gang of kidnappers along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

Others arrested are Shehu Shagari, a 27-year old of Gadan Gayan village in IgabiLocal Government Area; and Umar Antijo, also a 27-year-old of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area. Also in the net is Babangida Abdullahi of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area who is the alleged receiver of stolen cattle, phones and laptops.

Announcing the arrests, Yakubu Yusuf, a retired colonel and Coordinator of Operation Yaki, said that the security operations against kidnappings are being funded by the Kaduna State Government.

He disclosed that Governor El-Rufai has been encouraging and supporting inter-agency cooperation in the fight against crime.

“Governor El-Rufai has pressed for a sustained onslaught against kidnapping. The Kaduna State Government is assisting security agencies with operational funds to support these efforts. The governor commends the communities that have been contributing to the security effort reporting suspicious activities,” he said.

He also said the suspects were arrested at various locations, including Maraban Jos, Ungwan Pama, Sabon Gayan and Rijana villages respectively, all in Kaduna State.

“All the suspects arrested confessed to several kidnappings of motorists along Kaduna – Abuja highway and further confessed that because of the massive deployment of security forces to their area of operations, most of their gang members have started relocating from Rijana village to their respective home towns,” he said.

Meanwhile, the suspects and the items recovered from them have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the State Police Command for further investigation.


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