Police dismantles kidnapping network in Kaduna

Nnenna Okoronkwo and Mohammed Husaini, Abuja

The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police has dismantled an 11-man kidnap gang responsible for terrorising Kaduna State, the FCT and other North-Central States of Nigeria.

The Police Force stated that the same criminal gang was responsible for the abduction of the Sierra Leonean Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gen. Alfred Claude-Nelson on June 30, 2016, the Executive Director of Dangote Group and many other high profile kidnap for ransom in recent times.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, who disclosed this in a statement, said that “the modus operandi of these criminal elements includes mounting road blocks on highways in Military uniforms, surprise attack on unsuspecting motorist and relocating from one point to other in the forest with their victims to avoid detection and arrest”.

He stated further, “In order to halt the apparent trend in the increase of kidnap for ransom, armed robbery and other anti-social behaviours, the Inspector-General of Police, Ag.IGP Ibrahim Idris, NPM, mni has reorganised the tactical operations teams to tackle crime and criminality throughout the country.

“To this end, the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the IGP Monitoring Unit, the Nigeria Police on July 2, 2016 carried out tactical surveillance of the Abuja-Kaduna axis and all the adjoining States.

“This coordinated operation led to the arrest of eleven members of the notorious gang that has been terrorizing the North-Central States of the country with arms and ammunition recovered from them.”

” the Intelligence Response team Operatives recovered 3 AK 47 rifles , 3 AK 47 rifles magazine loaded with ninety rounds of ammunition and 2 sets of military Camouflage uniforms.

The suspected kidnappers in Police custody are:

  • Alhaji Rabiu Yusuf ‘m’ Aged 45yrs – Gang Leader
  • Garba Abubakar ‘m’ aka Habu Aged 27yrs – 2i/c Gang Leader
  • Yusuf Adamu ‘m’Aged 20yrs
  • Hussaini Musa ‘m’ Aged 25yrs
  • Shuaibu Idris ‘m’ Aged 35yrs
  • Usman Bello ‘m’ Aged 20yrs
  • Musa Ali ‘m’ Aged 45yrs
  • Muhammadu Abubakar ‘m’ Aged 30yrs
  • Suleiman Abubakar ‘m’ Aged 25yrs
  • Gambo Ibrahim ‘m’ Aged 25yrs
  • Balarabe Mohammadu ‘m’ Aged 32yrs


The Nigeria Police high Command has also directed the state Commissioners of Police and technical operation commanders to improve the response rate on issues of crime and criminality.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, represented by the Force Public Relation Officer Deputy Commissioner of Police Don Awunah gave the directives in a press briefing.

Acting IGP assured all members of the Diplomatic community of their safety and adequate security in Nigeria.

He ordered the same intelligence based operations throughout the country to flush out all criminal elements.

The Police Chief also reiterated that crime prevention management and control must be approached from the perspective of collective responsibility.

He added that investigations were ongoing and the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible.