Harvest of criminals: Police parade 8 kidnappers of Kaduna 3 pastors, 450 others

Harvest of criminals: Police parade 8 kidnappers of Kaduna 3 pastors, 450 others


//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//

Eight suspects in connection with abduction case of the three Reverends in Kaduna recently, were yesterday paraded before newsmen by Kaduna Police Command.

Recall that on the 21st of March, 2016, three Rev’d; Dr Emmanuel Dziggau, Yakubu Talba Dzarma and Iliya Anto who eventually died in his abductors’ custody, were kidnapped while inspecting their church’s site along Kaduna-Abuja highway.

The paraded suspects include Lawal Usman, Zakari Yau, Mohammed Dani, Sure Bako, Mustapha Sadiq.

Others are Babangida Sule, Usman Abdullahi and Bake Shaaban. All males.

Parading the suspects in Kaduna, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 7, Bala Nassarawa, said all the suspects were arrested after careful study and identification of their hideouts through intelligence gathering.

When asked what is police doing to arrest the killers of Colonel Samaila Inusa who was abducted and killed on 26th if March, 2016 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, are working in synergy to bring the perpetrators to book.

He said, “in prosecuting campaign of getting rid of miscreants in Kaduna State, I requested and got continents 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 renown car snatchers,” he added.

He further added that one AK47 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 what mechanism is police using to arrest the suspects, he declined for security reasons but was quick to add that some cell phones which the suspects have been using in the operation were recovered.

Some of the kidnappers interviewed denied the allegation leveled against them, saying they are just victims of circumstance.

One of the female suspects, Rose Bernard, told Gobroadsheet that she alongside her boyfriend, Olofo, had gone for a drink in an hotel located at Nassarawa, area of the state at about 7pm on Sunday when the Policemen came and arrested them, adding that she had not been informed on why she was arrested and kept in detention.

Other categories of suspects paraded include armed robbers, rustlers, rapists, drug traffickers among others.

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