The police have arrested three gangs of 16 suspected kidnappers terrorising commuters on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and the Minna-Suleja-Abuja road.
The force recovered from the suspects five AK47 rifles, 1598 7.62 X 39mm AK47 ammunition, two swords and cutlasses, four pairs of suspected fake military uniforms and mobile phones.
Parading the suspects on Tuesday at Sabon Wuse, Minna, Niger State on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, explained that some of them were nabbed while waiting to kidnap people returning from the Christmas and New Year holidays.
He said, “After an intense gun battle that lasted more than five hours between the F-SARS Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Absolute Sanity and the first gang along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, the police team arrested the four suspects including their leader who is a trained armourer and the hit man.”
Moshood disclosed that the arrested gang members include Ibrahim Umar, a.k.a Oro, 20; Mohammadu Auta, a.k.a Babawuro, 27; Musa Usman, 25 and Abdullahi Abubakar, 28 years.
The police described the suspects as the most vicious kidnappers arrested in recent times, adding that Umar confessed to have killed more than 10 persons.
“He also confessed to have sucked the blood of his victims after killing them. He was identified by some of the victims rescued from captivity by the police in the forest during the gun battle,” the police spokesman stated.
Moshood said efforts were being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the gang, adding that those in custody would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.