Police arrest 50 suspects over kidnapping, other criminal offences

The Police on Tuesday, said it had arrested 50 suspects over connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of firearm and trafficking hard drugs.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba said this during a briefing .

He said that recovered from the suspects were one AK47 rifle, seven locally made pistol, 2,496 rounds of AK47 live ammunition, cutlasses, breaking implements, five cartons of tramadol and four bags of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp.

Giving a breakdown of some of the cases, Mba said that four of suspects were arrested in connection with armed robbery, adding that two others were arrested over gunrunning.

According to , their arrest followed close monitoring of their activities by intelligence operatives of the police.

The FPRO said suspects were transporting AK47 live ammunition from Jos to the leader of a robbery gang in Kaduna when they were intercepted and arrested.

Mba said police were also on the trail of the gang leader who escaped arrest with the support of some of his family members.

“This explains why two of the suspects, who are members of the gang and also family members of the gang leader, were arrested.

“When their family was searched, a of 231 rounds of live AK47 ammunition were recovered from their home.

“Another of their brother escaped from the with an AK49 rifle, which  implies that criminality is their family enterprise,” he said.

The police spokesman said two other suspects were also arrested in connection with arms trafficking.

Mba said that police investigation had revealed suspects had sold four AK47 rifles and six locally made pistols.

He said efforts were being made police to track the manufacturers of the pistols to cut off arms supplies to kidnappers and bandits in the country.

Mba said that a nine-man gang comprising suspected arms dealers and criminals were also arrested by police operatives.

According to , one of the suspects had been to jail severally and was recently granted amnesty by a governor in December 2020.

He said that the ex convict had bought a pistol from the supplier in preparation to return to armed robbery when he was arrested.

Mba said that another gang member arrested was a convict who escaped from the Oko prison outbreak in during the #EndSars protest in 2020.

He said a of four pistols were recovered from the gang members adding that investigation was ongoing to get other members of the gang arrested.

The FPRO said the police had also arrested three suspects over a foiled kidnap plot in Zaria, Kaduna State.

He said the suspects had planned to abduct the manager of a petrol filling station, AYM Shafa Petroleum in Zaria.

Mba said the suspects were arrested following intelligence report and subsequent monitoring by police operatives. (NAN)