The Department of State Services (DSS), Kogi Command, has disclosed that it has arrested 10 suspected kidnappers in the last six weeks in its bid to eliminate kidnapping in the state.
The state Director of the command, Mr. Joseph Okpo, disclosed this in a statement he signed and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday.
Okpo said four of the suspected kidnappers/robbers were arrested at Koton-Karfe along the Abuja-Lokoja highway, dressed in military combat uniforms.
He gave the names of the suspects as Haruna Saleh (aka Auta), who is the ring leader, Kabiru Shaibu, Abdulmuminu Adamu and Tukur Shuiabu.
The DSS boss, however, did not disclose the names of the other six suspects who he said were arrested in different locations in the state.
He said an on-the-spot search conducted on the suspects and their vehicle showed that they were in possession of a locally made pistol and a shot gun.
Other items recovered include, three pairs of army camouflage uniforms; seven pump action cartridges; a cutlass; 14 cell phones; cash and one green-coloured Gulf3 vehicle with registration number KWL 946 FB.
Okpo said during investigation, the gang availed information on the existence of three unrecovered AK 47 and other weapons kept in a yet-to-be identified location.
“Intelligence further revealed that the group has links with other kidnap syndicates operating in FCT, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States.
“ The gang admitted carrying out six different robbery/kidnap operations along the Minna-Kontagora road, Niger State; Malumfashi, Mararaba-Jos and Jaji-Zaria roads in Kaduna State,’’ he said.
He said some of the alleged perpetrators of crime, especially robbery and kidnapping in the state included outsiders who used the state to further their nefarious acts.
According to him, they do so due to the geographical/topographical peculiarities of the state.
He said the command would continue to collaborate with other security agencies and stakeholders to reduce crime and criminality to the barest minimum in the state and its environs.
He warned all criminal elements to leave the state.
The DSS boss stressed that the Service and other security agencies had taken advantage of the renewed zeal of the state government’s support in ensuring law and order in the area.