- Kaduna state internal security outfit known as Operation Yaki has arrested six people suspected to be kidnappers terrorizing travellers along the Kaduna–Abuja highway
- Reports have it that the operation against kidnapping is being funded by the Kaduna state government
- The suspects are Shehu Idris Shagari, a 27-year old man, a resident of Rijana village in Kachia local government area among other
Six suspected kidnappers terrorizing travelers along the Kaduna Abuja highway have been arrested by the Kaduna state internal security outfit known as Operation Yaki.
Samuel Aruwan, senior special assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity made this known on Sunday, June 18.
Aruwan said the suspects were arrested on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th by a joint patrol team of the state’s security outfit and the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) with support from the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU).
According to him, the arrest of the suspected kidnappers was sequel to the massive deployment of more police assets and patrol vehicles in the area in the last one week.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai's aide said: ''These efforts led to the arrest of the suspects including the leader of the gang, Adamu Mamman, a 35-year old resident of Amana village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
“Ali Rabo, also known as Blakky, of Liman Ibada village in Chikun Local Government Area and Awwalu Ahmad, aka Mota, of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area, who is the main informant of this gang of kidnappers along the Abuja – Kaduna highway, were also arrested.
“Others arrested are Shehu Idris Shagari, a 27-year old man of Gadan Gayan village in Igabi Local Government Area and Umar Antijo, also a 27-year oldm man and a resident of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area.
“Also in the net is Babangida Abdullahi of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area. He is the receiver of stolen cattle, phones and laptops.”
Aruwan stated that the operation against kidnapping is being funded by the Kaduna State Government, Nigerian Tribune reports.
NAIJ.com gathered governor’s aide disclosed that El-Rufai has been encouraging and supporting inter-agency cooperation in the fight against crime in the state.
“Governor el-Rufai has pressed for sustained onslaught against kidnapping.
“The Kaduna state government is assisting security agencies with operational funds to support these efforts.
“The governor commends the communities that have been contributing to the security effort by reporting suspicious activities,'' he said.
Meanwhile, the suspects and the items recovered from them have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the state police command for further investigation.
NAIJ.com recalls that the sister to Chukwudi Onuamadike popularly known as Evans provided key information to the police that finally led to his arrest.
The arrest of Evans on Saturday, June 10 by security operatives sparked public jubilation as he had eluded arrest a number of times.
NAIJ.com visits Evans the kidnapper's house, watch the video below: