Crime

Harvest of Firearms as Police Arrest Greenfield Students’ Abductors, Others 

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) have arrested 31 suspects in connection with major violent crimes including kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape and unlawful possession of firearms, among others.

The feat is in line with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba’s directive ,to clamp down on the perpetrators of crimes and criminality, as well as cutting off their supply of arms and ammunition.

In what appears as a harvest of firearms, the FIB-STS equally recovered 61 firearms including 41 AK rifles, eight type six rifles, four Light Assault Rifles (LAR), four pump action guns, two locally-made firearms, one G3 rifle, one dane gun, 376 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, and a cash sum of N2 million from the suspects during investigations.

Prominent among the cases included a case of kidnapping where the duo of Aminu Lawal (aka Kano), and Murtala Dawu (aka Mugala), both working in synergy with the kidnap kingpin known as Yellow Ashana, confessed to the kidnap and murder of two police officers and one vigilante in 2021.

They equally confessed to the kidnap of students from the Greenfield University in Kaduna State, and the mindless murder of five victims before the payment of ransom, and eventual release of the others.

Parading the suspects on Wednesday, in Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, further stated that the area of operations of the suspects included Dan Hunu, Kekebi, Dan Busha Rido, Maraban Rido, and Kumi Sata, all in Kaduna State.

According to him, FIB-STS operatives caught up with them in March, 2022, after being on their trail upon the mention of their names in connection to the kidnapping of Bethel Baptist School students in 2021.

He also disclosed that a five-man trans-border syndicate, who carries out kidnapping operations in between Adamawa State in Nigeria, and Burha, Fituha, and Kesu in Cameroun, were arrested.

The police image maker said the gang, which comprised Abubakar Mohammed, aged 28, Shehu Mohammed, 38, Abdullahi Ali, 30, Abubakar Ali, 18, and Hussaini Sule, 18, all males from Mubi, Adamawa State, targetted wealthy individuals with beautiful houses or cars.

“They confessed to the kidnap and multiple rape of a newly-wedded woman at Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State whom they released upon receipt of a million Naira ransom.

“They were apprehended by operatives of the FIB-STS after collecting a ransom sum of 2 million Naira for one Alhaji Moni of Buladega Village on the 11th of May, 2022.

“Operatives of the FIB-STS equally apprehended the duo of Umar Muhammed aged 40 years old from Mitchika in Adamawa State, and Musa Buba aged 29 years old from Hong in Adamawa State, who are famous for their kidnapping activities.

“They were arrested at the market, upon credible intelligence that they would be there to buy food items for their kidnap victims.

“They confessed to many heinous crimes including the killing and beheading of one Alhaji Mai Gome, even after ransom payment had been made,” Adejobi further disclosed.

He said IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had commended the FIB-STS operatives for the successes recorded with an assurance that all criminal elements will be brought to book.

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