June 10, 2023


The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has paraded 40 more suspects over alleged kidnappings on the Abuja-Kaduna high-way.

Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood said the Police Force’s Operations Absolute Sanity smashed the gang of suspected kidnappers on the Abuja-Kaduna highway and recovered large caches of arms and ammunition and properties of victims.

The arrested suspects are: Ali Bello (gang leader), Goma Shehu, Mohammed Muju’a, Danladi Hassan, Mohammed Abubakar , Daniel Owobi, Egwu Ogiri, Bashir Haruna , Shedrach Hosiah, Victor Yohanna , Suleiman Isah.

They include: Abbas Aliyu, Bala Isiya, Hafiz Jibrin, Aminu Mohammed, Abdullahi Adamu, Tukur Ado, Iliyasu Soda, Mohammed Musa, Aliyu Halilu, Ali Adamu, Ahmadu Ya’u, Shehu Habu, Ishakwu Ibrahim and Mustafa Ibrahim

Others are: Tanko Abdullahi, Jibrin Mohammed, Jibrin Wali, Tijjani Ahmad, Mohammadu Rabiu, Suleiman Mohammed, Dahiru Bello, Abdulkarim Bello, Mohammed Abubakar, Usman Abdullahi, Umar Garba, Abdulrahaman Amadu, Mu’ázu Salisu, Bala Isiyaku and Mohammad Sani.

Exhibits recovered include: one locally made smg, three AK 47 riffles, one double barrel riffle, two single barrel, one riffle with telescope sight, three locally made pistol, one revolver with 7.62m ammunition and five pump action.

Others are: one revolver pistol, thirty life cartridges, seventy seven (77) 7.62mm ammunition, ten 9mm ammunition, two magazine, assorted charms, five laptops belonging to victims, five ipad belonging to victims, various types and make of handset (phone) belonging to victims, several wrist watches (assorted) belonging to victims and jewelries

Moshood explained that after the arrest and parade of 32 suspected kidnappers and their caches of Arms and ammunition on the 31st of July, 2017 at Kateri on Abuja-Kaduna Highway , efforts intensified by the Police personnel of Operation Absolute Sanity in the last few days resulted in the arrest of the additional 40 suspects.

The police also recovered large caches of arms and ammunition, and other exhibits in Rijanah area and other locations along Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

The kidnappers’ dens, hideouts, camps and other black spots in the forest along Abuja-Kaduna Highway were stormed and raided by the personnel of Operation Absolute Sanity within the last few days.

He said in the process three victims (names withheld) were rescued unhurt from the gangs without payment of any ransom, and they have been reunited with their families.

Some of the victims have identified most of the suspects as the people that kidnapped them.

Moshood said all the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes.

He said they will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

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