By Peter N. Afunanya, Public Relations Officer, Department of State Services,
In its determination to contain the menace of kidnapping, the Department of State Service (DSS) wishes to apprise the public of its operational successes in parts of the country. It may be recalled that the Service, in collaboration with the military, had arrested suspected abductors and killers of the traditional ruler of Adara Chiefdom, HRH Maiwada GALADIMA..
Relative peace has since returned to Kaduna State after the disturbances that followed his violent abduction and gruesome murder. It is to be noted that concerted efforts are being made to address the resurgence of organized criminal activities in the North-West. Consequently, the Service has arrested high profile kidnappers and notorious elements in different locations of the State and beyond.
On 25th October, 2018, in Riga Chikun, Kaduna State, five (5) members of a dreaded kidnap gang whose operations span between Kaduna and Katsina States were apprehended. They are: Isa AHMADU (Gang Leader), Suleiman UMAR (Ransom negotiator), Ibrahim MALLAM, Ishaku SAIDU (aka ISHE) and MANSUR (Mallam). After a preliminary investigation, the group’s hideout in Katsina State was raided. This led to the arrest of two (2) other members of the group namely, Muhammadu IBRAHIM and Muhammed ISA. Earlier on 19th October, 2018 Sirajo IBRAHIM, a suspected infamous kidnapper was arrested at Hayin Danmni, Igabi LGA of the State.
On 30th October, 2018, at Sainyinan Dani, Yabo LGA, Sokoto State, the duo of Abubakar UMAR and Suleiman SANI were arrested for gun running. Between 11th and 12th October, 2018, suspected armed bandits operating in and around Zamfara State were also arrested in Bakura, Tsafe and Bungudu LGAs of the State. Those arrested were Dan-Alhaji DAN-MINERI, Yusuf KHALIF and MUSA (Mallam).
On 5th November, 2018, the tactical team of the Service, in collaboration with the military, arrested Muhammed AMINU, a suspected gunrunner and his accomplice, Dare OKUNWOLA (aka BODA) at Lere LGA and Agindi, Jos in Kaduna and Plateau States respectively. During a search of OKUNWOLA’s residence, several ammunitions and eight (8) AK-47 rifles were recovered.
On the same date, at Toungo LGA, Adamawa State, Abbas ABUBAKAR (aka SAMBO) a suspected Improvised Explosives Device (IED) expert for the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) was apprehended.
Other arrests were those made on 15th October, 2018, at North Bank, Makurdi, Benue State where renowned cultists, Yakubu MOHAMMED and Joseph ANDOAASIN were apprehended.. Cartridges and a locally made pistol were recovered from them.. Also on the same date, at Ikot Akpan Dem, Ukanafun LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Otu EKONG, a serial kidnapper was arrested. At the start of October, the trio of Abdulhamid ISA, Adamu ADAGIRI and Nuhu AHMED, who are members of a kidnap gang that operates between Kogi and Edo States were arrested in the state.
Investigations have so far uncovered leads that will enable the Service and other sister agencies to address the menace of kidnapping in the country. Suspects will undoubtedly be prosecuted in accordance with the law. The DSS reassures the public that the tempo of these operations will not only be sustained but strengthened for greater impact on the well being of residents. The Service, therefore, enjoins everyone to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and avail them useful information that would assist them to carry out necessary operations that will guarantee peace especially at the coming yuletide and general elections.