Niger State Police Command on Thursday paraded 85 suspects and 300 cows said to have been recovered from armed bandits who have been terrorizing Nigeria and other neighbouring states between June and August this year.
The suspects, who abducted the District Head of Daura (Magajin Garin Daura) in Katsina State, Alhaji Musa Umar, on the 1st of May this year, were actually arrested in Minna, the state capital and the information extracted from them led to the rescue of the traditional ruler.
State Police Commissioner Alhaji Adamu Usman, who disclosed this at the presentation of Certificates of Honour to the gallant policemen who arrested the suspects said after committing the offence some of the suspects holed up in the Bosso area of Minna metropolis where they were eventually smoked out.
“Following the arrest of the two suspects and their transfer to the Force Headquarters in Abuja, they were able to give credible information and their confessional statements led to the rescue of the District Head from Katsina State a few weeks ago,” the Police Commissioner said.
The Commissioner attributed the successes recorded by the Command’s ‘Operation Puff-Adder’ between June and August 2019 to the gallantry of men and officers of the Command hence their recognition to boost their morale.
“Two out of the eight suspects arrested in Minna were linked to the kidnap of the Katsina State District Head at the time he was still in captivity, a development that led to the transfer of the case to the Force Headquarters in Abuja, before the victim was eventually rescued unhurt.”
The suspects were not paraded at the time of arrest for security reasons, adding that, “This made some members of the public to cast aspersions on the case. But I want to tell you that two out of the eight suspects we arrested were linked to Magajin’s kidnap at the time he was still in captivity.”
The Commissioner also disclosed how operatives of the Operation Puff-Adder arrested suspected kidnappers and recovered the sum of N6 million which was one of the suspect’s share from the proceeds linked to the kidnap of the son of another monarch in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Items recovered from the suspects included N39,000, an undisclosed amount of different foreign currencies, 290 cows, 6 camels, 6 donkeys, one horse which have been transferred to Zamfara State.
Contrary to claims in public domain, the Police Commissioner said one AK047, one AK-49 rifle, one Bareta pistol and 153 live ammunitions in addition to AK-47 magazines were recovered from the house where the suspects were hiding.
The Police Commissioner assured that efforts are being made to checkmate criminals during the Sallah celebrations and solicited for the support and corporation of Nigerlites by providing useful information that would lead to the arrest of criminal elements.
Among the officers rewarded for their gallantry in fighting crime included; Chief Superintendent of Police Musa Mohammed Gambo, ASP Bala Abdullahi, ASP Baba Ahmed, Sergeant Benjamin Daniel and Saidu Ibrahim and Inspectors Bala Danladi and Yisa Adamu.