- Men of the Nigeria Police Force have dismantled robbery and kidnapping gangs near Niger
- 31 of the suspects were paraded while five were killed in a gun battle with the police
- The police also lost Sergeant Shettima Abdullahi when they were ambushed by the criminals
At a press briefing given by CSP Jimoh Moshood, the public relations officer of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), it was announced that 31 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers were paraded.
The criminals were accused of terrorizing the Abuja-Minna and Abuja-Kaduna highways. They were paraded at Dikko, near Suleja, Niger state.
The names of the suspects were announced on the NPF Facebook page, and it was also announced that five of the suspected kidnappers were killed in a gunfight with the police.
Sadly, the police lost Sergeant Shettima Abdullahi after they were ambushed by the criminals.
Arms and ammunitions were recovered from the criminals as well as military boots, fatigues, caps and materials belonging to their victims.
In his statement, CSP Moshood said:
"Consequent on the reinforcement of Operation Absolute Sanity on Abuja- Minna Highway with more personnel of Special Tactical Squad and additional two (2) units of Special Police Forces by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni to tackle the gangs of Kidnappers that escaped arrest on Abuja – Kaduna Highway and relocated to some roads in Niger State.
"In the operation that is still ongoing, four (4) different vicious and notorious Kidnap for ransom gangs including those dealing in illegal possession of prohibited fire arms were dislodged and busted.
"Also arrested is a gang that is responsible for the killings of some security personnel on Kaduna – Abuja road and Abuja – Lokoja road recently.
"They equally confessed to have assaulted some of their victims. A total number of thirty one (31) suspected kidnappers / Armed Robbers were arrested in the operation. They confessed to the offence and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.
"The arms and ammunition, kidnappers operational vehicles listed above and other properties belonging to some of their victims, who were rescued from the gangs, were recovered from them.
"Most of the suspects were identified by the victims and for being responsible for their kidnap. Investigation is being intensified to arrest the other suspects at large. All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of Investigation."
He also said the Inspector General of Police thanked the "communities, towns and villages along Abuja – Kaduna and Abuja - Minna highways for the supports and assistance being rendered in terms of prompt information and complaints to the Police Personnel deployed in their localities that have led to so many successes for the Nigeria Police Force.
"The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to reduce crimes and criminality in the country is yielding positive results and remains unwavering," he concluded.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that troops of 1 Brigade, 1 Division Nigerian army under the Operation Sharan Daji have successfully raided a dreaded forest in Zamfara state where armed bandits had made their dens.
The raid by the soldiers took place on Monday September 25, 2017, at the Kahiru forest, Bakura local government rea of Zamfara state.
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