- Police has arrested 14 suspected notorious kidnappers and robbers
- The kidnappers were arrested by a team of IGP's Intelligence Response Team (IRT) attached to Operation Absolute Sanity
- They are alleged to have kidnapped and killed a senior lecturer at the Nasarawa state university on November 3, 2017
The Nigerian police on Wednesday, May 23, said it arrested the killer of Ibrahim Mailafia, a senior lecturer with the Nasarawa state University.
The police said Sunday Jatau, a 35-years old native of Kaduna state, confessed to have personally shot and killed Mailafia.
Mailafia was kidnapped while returning to the country after the completion of doctorate degree in Artificial Intelligence from the United Kingdom. He was kidnapped along Kaduna-Zaria road by the gang led by Jatau on his way to Kano to visit his family.
A statement by the police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said Jatau the gang leader of a kidnapping team was arrested following a discreet investigation into the killing directed by the inspector general of police.
Moshood said the IGP's Intelligence Response Team (IRT) attached to Operation Absolute Sanity, arrested Jatau alongside 13 others for killing the university lecturer.
He said: "They confessed to the killing of the said Doctor and also to have been terrorizing motorists and communities along Niger-Abuja and Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Highways.
"Recovered from their possession are Two (2) AK47 Rifles, One berretta Pistol and Two (2) phones including the iPhone of late Dr. Mailafia. They admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the killing of Dr Ibrahim Mailafia and other violent crimes in the mentioned States. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation."
Other items recovered include, five AK 47 magazines, 60 7.62mm ammunition and operational vehicles of the robbers gotten from their victims at gunpoint.
Moshood said other suspects arrested are: Solomon Jatau, 40; Ayuba Jatau, 32; Ishaku Luka aka Dogo, 42; Ibrahim Daniel, 27; Emmanuel Garba, 27 and Alhaji Usman Mohammed, 35.
Others are: Alhaji Ibrahim Baba, 49; Bello Aliyu, 36; Surajo Mohammed, 35; Hassan Ibrahim, 55; Bature Adamu, 38; Bello Abd ullahi, 32; and Mamuda Mohammed, 27.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Senate had said it will approve a special funding request from the security agencies across Nigeria.
The Senate president Bukola Saraki said the funding which will be different from the annual budget of the agencies will helping end the incessant killings across the country. Saraki also said the agencies have been given two weeks to make their requests available to the National Assembly for approval.
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