Thursday, December 9

Hunters nab suspected kidnappers, AK-47 recovered

Professional hunters have aided the Police in the arrest of three gang members of a syndicate terrorizing two states.

The police also confirmed the arrest of one Ibrahim Babangida, a principal suspect in the kidnap of a nursing mother Hauwa Umaru, and her daughter on October 10, in Adama­wa.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje confirmed the development in Yola.

According to Nguroje, Baban­gida was arrested along­side three others who were also behind the attack on the Ngurore Police station.

He said the suspects were arrested on Thursday and one AK-47 rifle with 16 rounds of live ammunition was recovered.

“The breakthrough that led to the arrest of the suspects began with the arrest of one Buba Ibrahim Baban­gida, 20, a native of Wuro Bilal village, Ngurore Dis­trict, Yola South LGA.

“Ibrahim Babangida is one of the principal sus­pects in the kidnap oper­ation and the confession of the suspect revealed how they abducted Hauwa Umaru, her daughter and one Alhaji Bahago of Ib­bare and also attacked the Ngurore police station.

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“The police were assist­ed by some professional hunters who apprehended the other three gang mem­bers,” he said.

The PPRO identified the three arrested gang members as Tumba Alhaji Dan Bappa, 25, a native of Ibbare dis­trict, Yola south LGA, Buba Alhaji Abdu, a resident of Ibbare, Ngurore District, and Abdullahi Lawal, a res­ident of Lau local govern­ment area in Taraba State.

According to the police spokesperson, the suspects were also part of a sev­en-man syndicate that was terrorising the people of Adamawa and Taraba States.

He said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investi­gations.

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