By Joseph Edeh
Diko (Niger) – The Nigeria Police Force has arrested 34 suspects for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery, rape and unlawful possession of prohibited fire arms in Diko area of Niger.
The suspects are: Hussaini Mohammed, 43, gang leader, and principal suspect, Adamu Hussaini , 29, Bala Mohammed,39,
Shagari Musa, 38 (died during a shootout with the policemen), Hassan Hashimu, 36 and Ibrahim Badamasi, among others.
The Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Diko on Tuesday.
Moshood said that items recovered from the suspects include: four Ak 47 rifles; two English Barreta pistols; two locally made pistols; five set of army camouflage uniform; five military caps; three military boots and one international passport belonging to a kidnapped victim.
Others are : eight operational vehicles; two sharon vehicles; two golf volkwagen vehicles; one Honda Civic; one Toyota Camry; one Mercedes Benz salon car; one Toyota corolla; 95 7.62 x 39mm ammunition; 15 9mm ammunition; four plasma television sets and laptops.
He said that the suspects were arrested in their hideouts and camps where some of their victims were rescued and the listed items recovered.
Also arrested, he said, was a gang that was responsible for the killing of some security personnel on Kaduna – Abuja road and Abuja –Lokoja, road recently.
He said that the suspects who confessed to have raped some of their victims, also confessed to the offence and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.
“ Most of the suspects were identified by the victims and for being responsible for their kidnap.
“Investigation is being intensified to arrest the other suspects at large and all the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of Investigation.
He said that the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris, had directed the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the zones and commands to replicate same feat on the highways and major roads.
He said that they were also to beef up security in their areas of responsibilities and ensure massive deployment of armed police personnel, patrol teams and undercover operatives to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots.
The spokesman assured that the police would sustain the ongoing raids on criminal hideouts across the country.
He said that Idris commended residents of towns and villages along Abuja – Kaduna highway for the support and assistance by always giving prompt information to the police on people suspected to be involved in criminal activities.
“The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to reduce crimes and criminal activities in the country remains unwavering,“he said.
Mr Mohammed Abubakar, Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) in Diko, said that the coming of the police special squad to Diko had checked criminal activities
“We will continue to support the police to fight criminal activities in this area,“he said.
Abubakar advised the youth to engage in activities that would make them stay away from crimes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Force had on July 25 commenced ‘Operation Absolute Sanity’ on Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
NAN also reports that the operations were to complement the ongoing Joint Police/Military operations on ground before now.
On July 31 and Aug. 3, the police also arrested 31 and 40 suspects at Katari and Rijana areas respectively, along the Kaduna-Abuja road. (NAN)