Adamawa State police command has today paraded 32 suspected kidnappers and four suspected armed robbers.
The command also recovered nine AK 47 rifles, 664 rounds of ammunition and nine assorted brands of vehicles.
In a press briefing during the parade, Adamawa State commissioner of police, Olugbenga Adeyanju said the suspects were apprehended in various places across the state.
He said that one of the suspects Hamidu Umaru (37) and others at large have in September 2020 kidnapped an 11-year-old boy in Sangere Futy, Girei Local government.
“Sometimes in the month of September 2020, the first suspect along with others now at large kidnapped an 11-year-old boy and several others at Sangere Duty, Gireai LGA. The command swung into action and luckily apprehended the chief executor of the crime in Mubi. An investigation conducted led to the recovery of eight vehicles. All the vehicles were bought with the ransom received from victims of kidnappings.
The commissioner of police also noted that three of the suspected kidnappers namely; Yusuf Musa (35), Sale Kade Adamu (30), Modi Luka (33) were involved in kidnapping activities in both Adamawa and Taraba States
”The suspects in various places kidnapped several people, demanded and collected N30 million ransom. Among those kidnapped are; Maryam Modibbo Ali, Ibrahim Modibbo Ali, Alhaji Musa Usman and Dr Mamuda all residents of Nguroje and Maisamari villages in Taraba State and one Usman Ardo a resident of Mayo-Belwa. Investigation condition not only led to their arrest but equally recovered five AK 47 rifles in their possession,” he said.
The commissioner also noted that 32 among the suspects were apprehended for allegedly committing kidnapping and armed robbery.
“The suspects on several occasions kidnapped, demanded and collected a ransom of N10 million from their innocent victims who are John Simon, Alhaji Manu Guga, Alhaji Musa Rabi’u, Tukur Alhaji Musa, Dahiru Abdu of various addresses. Operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit in collaboration with professional hunters apprehended these suspects from their hideouts. In the course of the investigation, four AK47 rifles and one locally made pistol were recovered,” the commissioner said.
Meanwhile, the commissioner has also recognised seven vigilante operatives and local hunters for their contributions to the fight against crime and criminality in the state.
The commissioner noted that the award and recognition followed the sacrifices the men gave at enhancing security in the area adding such gesture will serve as a morale booster to other local crime fighters.