Kano State Police Command on Friday said it has arrested three suspected kidnappers, who were terrorising people in Kano, Katsina and Zamfara States.
Parading the over 100 suspects of various criminal offences, the state Police Commissioner, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the suspects confessed to being members of a syndicate perpetrating armed robbery and kidnapping in the three states.
The suspected kidnappers are Abdullahi Ali of Masaka village in Musawa Local Government Area of Katsina State; Sani Rabe in Zamfara State and; Shuaibu Idi of Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The commissioner disclosed that the suspects met their waterloo at Getso market, Gwarzo Local Government Area of Kano State after operations in Gwarzo, Kiru, Bebeji, Shanono, Rogo, Karaye and Madobi local government areas of the state.
The CP also revealed that the suspects admitted to having 5 AK47 rifles in possession of their gang leader, known as Gemu, believed to be hiding in Zamfara State.
The police chief said investigation is ongoing to arrest the gang leader and recover the operational arms.
The CP also revealed that the command, on the same day, arrested one Nuhu Abdullahi of Zangon Dakata quarters, who was believed to be a ring leader of notorious armed robbery syndicate that had been terrorising Na’ibawa, Dorayi, Unguwa Uku and Sallari areas of Kano.
“On spot search, 1 pump action rifle, 1 English Barret pistol, 1 locally made pistol with 22 live cartridges, 7 rounds of 9mm ammunition are recovered from him,” the CP said.
Mr Iliyasu added that the suspect confessed to being the gang leader of the robbers and led detectives to arrest members of his gang in Kaduna, namely; Umar Yahaya, Sabiu Adamu and Abdullahi Musa.
He disclosed that investigation is ongoing to arrest other members of the group and recover more arms.
The commissioner also disclosed that operatives of Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, acting on a tip off, arrested one Abdullahi Musa, aka Bigi of Brigade Quarters in Kano, who according to him, is a notorious car thief based in the state.
He added that a blue Peugeot 406 with registration number AM945NSR was recovered from him, saying, he volunteered a confessional statement in which he indicates his notoriety and expertise in stealing motor vehicle no matter the security installations attached to it.
The CP added that another car thief, Auwalu Usman of Dakata quarters Kano was also arrested, and an unregistered Honda Accord, ash color was recovered from him.
The commissioner stated that all the suspects would be charged to court immediately investigation is completed.
He further stated that the operation, coded Operation Puff Adder was meant to reclaim the public space from criminal elements that are bent on threatening the nation’s internal security.
He however called on the general public to give cooperation to the command in a bid to rid the state of criminal activities.