The Kaduna Police Command yesterday paraded 258 criminal suspects, including eight kidnappers of the three Reverends abducted in Kaduna recently.
The three Reverends: Dr Emmanuel Dziggau, Yakubu Talba Dzarma and Iliya Anto, who eventually died in his abductors’ custody, were kidnapped on March 21 while inspecting their church’s building site along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
The kidnappers paraded included Lawal Usman, Zakari Yau, Mohammed Dani, Sure Bako, Mustapha Sadiq, Babangida Sule, Usman Abdullahi and Bake Shaaban.
Parading the suspects in Kaduna, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 7, Bala Nassarawa, said they were arrested after careful study and identification of their hideouts through intelligence gathering.
Asked what the police was doing to arrest the killers of Colonel Samaila Inusa who was abducted and killed on March 26 around NNPC junction, Kaduna, the AIG said a team of investigators sent by the Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Arase, Kaduna Command’s criminal investigation department and the military, were working in synergy to bring the perpetrators to book. He said: “In prosecuting the campaign of getting rid of miscreants in Kaduna State, I requested and got contingents of personnel from Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU), Intelligence Response Team as well as Forensic and Crime Data Unit from Force Headquarters in Abuja.
“We have identified many criminal hideouts of these armed bandits across the state and equally have a dossier of some renowned car snatchers.”
He added that one AK-47 riffle with 16 rounds of live ammunition, N100, 500 and other foreign currencies, a motorcycle and three passport photographs of a kidnap victim were recovered from some of the kidnappers.
On the mechanism used by the police to arrest the suspects, the AIG declined comment for security reasons but was quick to add that cell phones used by the suspects in the operation were recovered.
Some of the kidnappers interviewed denied the allegation levelled against them, claiming that they were victims of circumstance.
One of the female suspects, Rose Bernard, said that she, alongside her boyfriend, Olofo, had gone for a drink in a hotel located at Nassarawa area of the state at about 7:00 p.m. on Sunday when the policemen came and arrested them. She added that she had not received any explanation on her arrest and detention.
Other suspects paraded included armed robbers, rustlers, rapists and drug traffickers, among others.
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