Paul Obi in Abuja
The Nigerian Police on MondayÂ paraded 32 kidnappers terrorising citizens along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
This came as the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, expressed concern on the occurrence of cases of Kidnappings in the recent times on Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
According to Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, has deployed a Joint Police Team comprising Special Police Force, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Units, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, the Force Intelligence Branch, the Police Mobile Force with Headquarters at Rijanah, Kaduna State.
The Joint Police Team are under specific and definite mandate to rout out the kidnap for ransom gangs and armed robbery gangs that have being terrorising the Abuja-Kaduna Highway in the recent times.
The operation is to complement and augment the on-going joint police/military operations on the ground.
Within the first week of the commencement of the operation Absolute Sanity, the above mentioned suspects were arrested in their hideouts and the exhibits listed above were recovered from them.
They have made confessional statements indicating the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime. Most of them have been identified by some of their victims. They will soon be charged to court on completion of investigation.
Meanwhile the IG has commended and appreciated the communities and people in the towns and villages along Abuja â€“Kaduna highway for their cooperation with the police personnel deployed for the operation.
He, however, implored commuters, travelers and other road users to support the police personnel in the discharge of their responsibilities and in the implementation of other crime prevention and control strategies of the force.
The operations would be sustained and is being replicated in all other highways and major roads across the country.
Mohammed Musa, Musa Hassan, Mamuda Ado, Shuabu Musa, Sani Abubakar, Shehu Ado, Abubakar Bello, Muhammed Garba, Usman Bello, Kabiru Ahmadu, Usman Fulani Gambo, Abubakar Abdullahi, Yahaya Usman,Suleiman Lawwan, Awal Madaki, Yakubu Musa, Aliyu Yahaya, Aminu Shuaibu.
Others include Alhaji Umaru Mohammed, Sani Fulani (A.K.A Janara) Ahmadu Rufai, Shuaibu Musa, Ibrahim Illo, Alhaji Umaru Auta, Bello Tukur, Mohammed Gambo, Mohamadu Adamu Sikiru, Mohammed Tukur Ibrahim, Saidu Mohammed, Abubakar Abdullahi, Dan-Absabe Isah, Auwalu Abdullahi.
Exhibits recovered include four AK 47 rifles, six locally made pump action guns and two magazines.