The Police authority in Kano state north western Nigeria has arrested and paraded 22 suspects for kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminal activities in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police Rabi’u Yusuf said ‘’the feat was recorded due to improved active surveillance and massive deployment of highly skilled ant-Kidnapping squad as well as volunteered information from well meaning Nigerians in and around black spots in the notorious Falgore forest and its environs.’’
A 70-year old man, Halilu Maikudi and his three children were among 22 suspects paraded at the Kano state Police Headquatters, Bompai.
Speaking to reporters on what led him and his three sons into kidnapping, Maikudi blamed poverty and the devil’s manipulation, saying that if he was forgiven, he would turn a new leaf.
The Kano police boss also paraded a gang of 10 kidnappers who invaded a house in Karasa village and kidnapped a 70-year old housewife.
“On receipt of the information, Anti kidnapping operatives pursued them, exchanged gunshots, arrested one Alti Abubakar alias Maiduna, investigation further reveals that the syndicate was led by Alti’s Elder brother, one Abdulmumini Abubakar Maiduna, a notorious kidnapper now at large, while Abubakar Abubakar and Shum Idi Barume, all of Karasa village as members of the gang,” CP Yusuf explained.
CP Yusuf further stated that based on a tip off, police arrested one Abdullahi Idris and Abdulrahman Ishyaku of Gidan Tofa village in Sumaila Local Government Area for being in possession of two fabricated AK 47 Riffles suspected to have been used in kidnapping in Gomo Forest.
He also mentioned the case of one Shuabu Abubakar who confessed that his gang engaged in threatening their victims through phone call to demand for ransom or face being kidnapped.
Items recovered by the police include four fabricated AK47 Rifles, 96 cows, 33 sheep, dog, 56 rounds of live ammunition, nine motor cycles, two expended cartridges, two GSM Handsets, two faced-masks, bows, arrows, quantities of illicit drugs and N200, 000 cash
The Commissioner of Police, however, warned criminals to stay off Kano, insisting that there will be no hiding place for them as police have spread their dragnets within the metropolis and inside the thick forests.