Police arrest 25 suspects over alleged murder, other criminal offences

Police on Wednesday said it had arrested 25 suspects in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, , unlawful possession of weapons and other violent crimes across country.

Force Public Relations Officers (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja.

He said that a total of five AK47 riffles with magazines, live ammunition and a cash sum of N765,000 were recovered from the suspects.







Mba said the suspects had been linked to the offences by investigations conducted by detectives of the Nigeria Police.

Mba said that members of a kidnap gang responsible for the kidnap and cruel murder of a 5-year-old girl, Farida Ibrahim in Kogi, had been arrested.

The Force spokesman said that the gang kidnapped the child and demanded N8millon ransom from the family that was obviously not rich to meet with the demand.









According to him, while the family struggle to negotiate, they contacted the police and before we could moved into the , get to the scene and effect arrest, they had murdered the girl and buried her.

The FPRO said the police had carried out the exhumation of the body and arrested key suspects in connection with the while others were still at large.

He pledged the commitment of the Force to ensure that the fleeing suspects were arrested and brought to book.







Mba said that a 21-year-old suspect who operated as a lone kidnapper had also been arrested by detectives of the Nigeria Police in Zaria, State.

He said the suspect specialises in fishing out phone of of interest in his locality, initiate calls to them, issues out of imminent attack, kidnap and to their safety and security.

“Once he gets a person that is vulnerable, he goes ahead to mount pressure on the person and issue condition to avert the imminent .







“In this , he initiated the call to his neigbour in Zaria, but unfortunately for him, the victim was smart enough to report the to the police.

“Then the police worked very closely with the targeted victim and on the day he was expected to receive the ransom, he was picked up with a cash sum of N765,000,” the Force spokesman said.

Mba said that a 4-man kidnap gang terrorizing lecturers, students and other residents of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, had been arrested.








He said that one of the security men, employed and paid by the university, was one of the suspects and responsible for coordination of all the in the university community.

The FPRO said the suspect had over the period kidnapped lecturers in the university, collected ransom from them and inflicted both physical and psychological harm on members of the community.

He said the police had also arrested three suspects in connection with multiple kidnapping and collection of ransom from their victims in Niger.







“When one of the suspects was recruited into the gang, his job included the facilitation of recruitment of other able body young men into the gang which he did perfectly.

“He helped the gang to recruit eight new members into the gang and helped them to identify potential victims, of interest that have the capacity to pay ransom.







“One of the victims kidnapped by the gang is the father of one of the suspects. He identified his father for kidnap and when N2 million ransom was paid, he was given extra share of N200,000,” Mba said. (NAN)

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