Nigeria Police Force yesterday paraded 19 suspected cattle rustlers, armed robbers and kidnappers who have been terrorising Abuja-Jere-Kaduna axis.
The suspects are Bature Adamu, Sani Nasiru, Samaila Yahaya, who admitted to have sold three AK47 Rifles to kidnappers; Buhari Abubakar, Kabiru Abubakar, Abdulrashid Riba aka Baba Wakili (admitted to have sold five AK47 to kidnappers); Sani Umar and Sani Nasiru.
Others are Ibrahim Sulaiman, Yahaya Abdullahi aka Kechi, Bello Anji, Ahmed Abubakar, Adamu Lawan, Audu Lawan, Usman Mohammed, Ahmadu Abdullahi, Yahuza Yahuba, Abubakar Abba and Adamu Haruna.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects are eight AK47 Riffles, 320 7.56mm AK47 ammunition, 16 live Cartridges, one GPMG ammunition with magazine, two pairs of Military Uniforms, Charms and Car breaking/unlocking tools.
The IGP-Intelligence Response Team attached to Operation Absolute Sanity, working on actionable intelligence and in compliance with IGP’s directives to rid Abuja-Jere-Kaduna-Zaria highways and other major roads within FCT, Niger and Kaduna of kidnappers, Armed Robbers and Cattle Rustlers, was said to have arrested the above mentioned gangs responsible for several Kidnappings including that of one Imam Hakeem Kosoko and others on Abuja – Kaduna Roads.
In a statement issued yesterday, Force PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said, “Most of the suspects were arrested in the act after exchange of gun fire with the personnel of the IGP-Intelligence Response Team attached to Operation Absolute Sanity in their hideout along Kaduna – Abuja Road. Four victims were rescued from their captivity and have been reunited with their families.
“The suspects arrested confessed and admitted the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes and investigation is ongoing to arrest other members of the gangs at large. The suspects will be arraigned in Court for prosecution on completion of investigation.”