The Police command in Taraba State has on Tuesday in Jalingo announced the arrest of nine persons suspected to be kidnappers.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr David Akinremi told newsmen that the command’s anti-kidnapping team had, on Feb. 22, arrested Jibrin Buba, Suleiman Ahmadu, Haruna Abdullahi and Usman Mohammed for threatening to abduct one Abdullahi Ahmadu.
“The suspects threatened to abduct Abdullahi Ahmadu if he failed to keep the sum of N500,000 for them at a location in Ardo-kola town.
“The sum of N70,000, being part of the ransom paid to the gang, was recovered from the suspects who confessed to committing the offence. They also confessed to being responsible for other kidnapping incidences in the area,” he said.
Akinremi said that the command also arrested two other suspects – Ali Usman and Babaji Mohammed – on March 9, after they called one Alhaji Garba Mohammed of Tella town, on phone, and compelled him to pay to a ransom of N300,000 or risk being kidnapped.
He said that the victim reluctantly agreed to pay the amount, but when the kidnappers went to collect the money, the police, acting on a tip off, arrested them.
The Police boss said that another kidnapping gang, led by one Hassan Adamu and Ibrahim, along with eight others now at large, on March 1, stormed the residence of Alhaji Fila Hussaini in Sunkani town, where they grabbed one Sunday Husseini at gunpoint, and whisked him away.
“The Police trailed the kidnappers, arrested them and recovered a locally made revolver pistol in their possession,” he said.
He said that the State Intelligence Bureau, on March 10, raided a criminal hideout in Gassol area and arrested one Khalidu Bello.
According to him, Bello had called one Emeka Okonkwo of Magami Ward in Jalingo, and threatened to kidnap him if he failed to pay him N2 million within 24 hours.