Police arrest kidnappers of Dangote’s staff

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Kidnap suspects. Photo from police.
Kidnap suspects. Police Photo

The police have arrested three of the suspected kidnappers of five expatriate members of staff of Dangote group of company.

Aside the kidnap of the expatriates, the kidnappers were alleged to have killed the driver who took the ransom money to the suspects.

They were arrested by the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) .

The IRT, armed with credible intelligence, between November 27, 2016 and December 3, 2016 arrested the suspects.

They are Abubakar Gide, 24; Abdullahi Salihu, 22; and Babuga Adamu, 25.

They were arrested in Ijebu Igbo in Ogun state; Epe Forest in Lagos State; and Ajase Ipo Forest in Kwara state.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Don Awunah, said the suspects have confessed the kidnapping and release of all five initial victims after receiving N5.6 million ransom.

They also confessed to kidnapping and murdering the ransom transporter, Mr. Istifanus Gurama, also of Dangote group.

The police warned relations of kidnap victim(s) to exercise restraint in negotiating and paying ransom.

“It is absolutely important the negotiators of ransom should have confidence in the police.’’

Meanwhile, the suspects have since led the police to their hideout in Ijebu Igbo Ogun Forest where some arms were recovered.

Arms recovered from the suspects. Police photo.
Arms recovered from the suspects. Police photo.

The recovered arms included three AK47 rifles, six AK47 magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition.

The suspects further led IRT operatives to Apoje River where the body of Mr. Bello Gurama was recovered.

Efforts are in progress to arrest other gang members who are currently at large in other states.

The IGP admonishes police officers not to get carried away by recent successes but instead redouble their efforts in the fight against crime; and has assured Nigerians that the police will remain undaunted in the collective fight against crime.

As members of the public begin the yuletide celebrations, the police will ensure the celebrations are crime free.


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