Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees
The coordinated clampdown on crime and criminality across Nigeria has continued to yield positive results as police arrest suspected armed kidnappers of Dangote staff.
The three kidnap suspects nabbed by the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) were said to have murdered one and kidnapped five expatriate members of staff of Dangote group.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, revealed on Tuesday that they were arrested between November and December.
“The IRT, armed with credible intelligence, between November 27, 2016 and December 3, 2016 arrested three of the kidnappers: Abubakar Gide 24, Abdullahi Salihu 22 and Babuga Adamu 25 in Ijebu Igbo – Ogun State, Epe Forest – Lagos State and Ajase Ipo Forest – kwara State respectively.
The police said the suspects confessed to kidnapping and releasing all five initial victims after receiving 5.6 million Naira ransom.
They also confessed to the abduction and murder of the ransom transporter, Mr Istifanus Gurama who was also of Dangote group.
“The suspects have since led the police to their hideout in Ijebu Igbo Ogun Forest where the following arms and ammunition they used in the operation were recovered: three AK47 rifles, six AK47 magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition.
“The suspects further led IRT operatives to Apoje River where the body of Mr. Bello Gurama was recovered (while) efforts are in progress to arrest other gang members who are currently at large in other states,” the statement added.
The police, however, urged relations of kidnap victim(s) to exercise considerable restraint in negotiating and paying ransom, stressing the need for negotiators of ransom to have confidence in them.
IGP Ibrahim Idris also called on officers of the force not to get carried away by recent successes but instead redouble their efforts in the fight against crime.
He assured Nigerians that the police would remain undaunted in the collective fight against crime, adding that they would ensure crime free celebration during the yuletide.