By Yemi Akinsuyi
As part of measures to restore safety and normalcy on the Abuja-Kaduna, and Kaduna-Kano Highways, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered additional deployments of Police personnel and vehicular patrol teams to re-gird “Operation Absolute Sanity” to rid the routes of bandits and hoodlums.
Also, the IGP has directed all Police Mobile Force (PMF) Units of the PMF Squadrons in MOPOL 1 Kaduna, MOPOL 47 Zaria and MOPOL 61 Kafanchan on special duties outside the State to return to Kaduna State to beef-up security in the State, particularly on Kaduna-Abuja highway, Kaduna-Zaria-Kano, Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari; Zamfara-Funtua-Zamfara highways and other flash points in the State.
Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh in a statement in Abuja Wednesday night said the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) working on reliable intelligence embarked on massive raid of identified kidnappers dens, hideouts and black spots on Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highways.
It said the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) personnel engaged the bandits in a shootout that lasted several hours and at the end effected the arrest of eight suspects involved in recent violent crimes on the highways and recovered from them dangerous arms and ammunitions.
Similarly, Six (6) victims were rescued from captivity, the statement added.
The suspects were alleged to have been responsible for the killing of a former commissioner in Katsina State, Prof. Halimatu Sadia Idris on July 22, 2018, the armed robbery attack on Prof. Mohammed Khalid Othman, Director National Agricultural Research Extensions and Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and the Kidnap of Rahinatu Shehu ‘F’ 51yrs, Aisha Sani ‘F’ 23yrs and her Seven (7) Months old Baby at their residence in Mararaba Guga town, Giwa LGA along Kaduna-Zaria road; directed a discreet investigation into the incidents and the arrest of perpetrators to bring them to justice.
The suspects include: Lawal Tukur a.k.a Sawaita 40yrs – The Leader of the Gang; Sulaiman Sani a.k.a Maude 27yrs – Principal Suspects (Confessed to have Killed Four (4) People); Abubakar Ahmad a.k.a Buzu 30yrs native of Sabon Fegi town; Abubakar Adamu a.k.a Gurgu 33yrs native of Tashan Zomo town – Confessed to have Killed Four (4) People;
Yahaya Musa 33yrs – Principal Suspects; Kabiru Bala 23yrs native of Shika Town – kidnaps women and children particularly the Kidnap of Rahinatu Shehu ‘F’ 51yrs; Aisha Sani ‘F’ 23yrs and her Seven; Months old Baby at their residence in Mararaba Guga town, Giwa LGA along Kaduna-Zaria road; Rufai Tukur 26yrs Native of Tashan Zomo town who runs errands to the Notorious Gang and Shehu Audi 32yrs of Tashan Zomo in Kaduna State – kidnaps women and children particularly the Kidnap of Rahinatu Shehu ‘F’ 51yrs, Aisha Sani ‘F’ 23yrs and her Seven (7) Months old Baby at their residence in Mararaba Guga town, Giwa LGA along Kaduna-Zaria road.
Items recovered from the suspects according to the statement include “Two (2) AK47 Rifles; Three (3) pairs of suspected fake military uniforms; Cutlasses; Motorbike; Shedda Cloth and other properties belonging to some of the victims”.
“All the suspects confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes.
“Investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. They will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation,” the statement disclosed.