Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) yesterday paraded nine Police officers and 45 other suspected criminals for alleged kidnapping, stealing and conspiracy.
Parading the 54 suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Donald Awunah, said the suspected police officers included: ASP Yuguda Abbah, Sgt Habila Sarki, Diphen Nimmyel, Sgt Yasan Danda, Sgt Abbas Mailalle, Sgt Bwanason Tanko, Sgt Donan James, Corporal Idris Salisu and CPL Zakari Kofi.
According to him, the nine suspects have been tried in house and sacked from the Force, adding that they were found guilty of unprofessional conduct, involvement in cattle rustling, robbery and kidnapping in the North-east.
Awunah, said interrogation and confessions of the dismissed policemen also led to the arrest of principal suspects and recovery of many arms and ammunition from them.
The principal suspects, he said include: Mayo Chadi Aliyu, Atiku Ibrahim, Ali Mohammed, Abdulrahman Umar, Umar Daudu, Ibrahim Umar, Ibrahim Mallam, Adamu Lolo, Suleiman Buba, Ahmed Adamu, Gidado Garba, Sani Dan Alhaji, Inusa Mohammed, Mohammed Wari, Mohammed Rabiu, Hammadu Abdullahi,
Umar Adamu, Idi Juye and Yusuf Abdullahi.
Items recovered from the suspects included :14 AK 47 rifles with numbers intact; three other AK 47 rifles with numbers etched out; one Pump Action rifle; one locally made pistol; 42 empty magazines, 363 rounds of AK 47 live ammunition; 71 K2 live ammunition and 25 live cartridges.
The police also disclosed that in October, 2016, one Alhaji Hodi Adamu, a notorious armed robbery suspect was arrested by the police in Adamawa State.
The suspect’s confession,the Force PRO, said led to the arrest of two other suspects namely: Rabo Bello and Oliver Honiol whose voluntary confessions led to the arrest of the nine police personnel mentioned above for various roles they played through their actions and inactions which are considered as disciplinary infractions.
He said the principal suspects and the dismissed police officers will soon be charged to court.
Also paraded were four policemen and an armed robbery suspect accused of criminal acts in Kogi state. The suspects were identified as Zakari Ya’u Isiaka, Sgt Musbahu Yahaya, Sgt Ugenlo Sylvester, Sgt Musa Umar and Corporal Omale Edicha.
Recovered from them were one AK-47 rifle, one G3 rifle, one Baretta rifle, one assault rifle, ten 7.62mm live ammunition; two k2 live ammunition; two AK-47 magazines; three K2 magazines; and two G3 magazine.