Police Parade 32 Suspected Kidnappers, Others

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Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja

The Kogi State Police Command wednesday paraded 32 suspects arrested over alleged offences bordering on kidnapping, armed robbery, illegal possession of fire arms, vandalism and unlawful possession of substance among others.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations at the command, Edward Egbuka, disclosed this while parading the suspects before journalists at the state police headquarter in Lokoja.

Egbuke who spoke on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, said the success recorded within the last few weeks was due to the collaborations and supports from members of the public.

Among those paraded are Abdul Mudi, Adamu Faruna, Nuhu Usman, Adaji Akor and Abdullahi Sule who were arrested at Anyigba over their alleged involvement in the kidnap of one Alhaji Musa Oseni from his house at Ofejikpi.

Egbuka said following credible information received from residents of Aiyetoro Kiri in Kabba Bunu council area of the state about the activities of suspected insurgents and kidnappers, SARS operatives moved into action and arrested Mohammed Abubakar, Mohammed Adamu, Umar Adamu, Mohammed Umaru and Umar Ibrahim.

He said two AK47 and 27 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered from the suspected criminal gang that specialise in kidnapping and armed robbery.

Other suspects were also paraded for offences bordering mainly on kidnapping, armed robbery, vandalism and unlawful possession of firearms.

Exhibits recovered from the arrested suspects included berretta pistol, Nissan Sunny vehicle, Toyota Carina car, armoured cables, locally made revolver and substances suspected to be Indian hemp.