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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Police nab 16 suspected kidnappers, recover fake military uniforms

The police have arrested three gangs of 16 suspected kidnappers terrorising commuters on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and the Minna - Suleja- Abuja road .

The force recovered from the suspects five AK 47 rifles, 1598 7 . 62 X 39mm AK 47 ammunition , two swords and cutlasses , four pairs of suspected fake military uniforms and mobile phones .

Parading the suspects on Tuesday at Sabon Wuse , Minna , Niger State on Tuesday , the Force Public Relations Officer , Jimoh Moshood , explained that some of them were nabbed while waiting to kidnap people returning from the Christmas and New Year holidays .

He said , “After an intense gun battle that lasted more than five hours between the F- SARS Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Absolute Sanity and the first gang along the Kaduna- Abuja highway , the police team arrested the four suspects including their leader who is a trained armourer and the hit man . ”

Moshood disclosed that the arrested gang members include Ibrahim Umar , a . k . a Oro , 20 ; Mohammadu Auta, a . k . a Babawuro , 27 ; Musa Usman , 25 and Abdullahi Abubakar , 28 years.

The police described the suspects as the most vicious kidnappers arrested in recent times, adding that Umar confessed to have killed more than 10 persons .

“ He also confessed to have sucked the blood of his victims after killing them . He was identified by some of the victims rescued from captivity by the police in the forest during the gun battle , ” the police spokesman stated .

Moshood said efforts were being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the gang , adding that those in custody would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation .

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