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Police arrest kidnappers of rescued American citizen, Philippe Walton

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The operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested two members of a trans-national kidnap syndicate involved in the abduction of an American citizen, Philippe Nathan Walton.

Recall that the rescued American citizen was whisked away on October 28 at his farm in Masalata Village, Republic of Niger.

Disclosing the arrest via a statement on Thursday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the suspects, Aliyu Abdullahi, 21, a.k.a Mallam and Aliyu Umaru, 23, a.k.a Kwatte Kusu, were arrested on November 25.

According to him, the suspects are both from Sokoto State.

“The two (2) suspects – members of a 15-man kidnap gang of Nigerian/Nigerien extraction, led by Barte Dan Alhaji and Dan Buda – were arrested following a special intelligence-led operation aimed at arresting the criminal gang, disrupting and halting other criminal activities by them.

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“Investigations by the Intelligence Response Team reveal that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of their cohorts – 4 Nigeriens and 2 Nigerians who died during the rescue operations.

“The Force is collaborating with its Nigerien counterpart in the investigations to apprehend other members of the transnational syndicate currently at large,” the statement disclosed.

Mr Mba added that the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.

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