Police foils kidnap attempts in Bauchi, nabs suspects

Posted by News Express | 4 January 2017 | 1,815 times

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Police detectives attached to the anti-kidnapping unit of the Bauchi State Police Command have arrested one Usman Yusuf, 30, of Gubi village Bauchi LGA.

According to SP Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, the suspect along with one other now at large planned to kidnap and assassinate a vigilante leader for arresting them for armed robbery they committed sometime in January, 2016 but were recently released from prison custody.

The PPRO also disclosed that police detectives attached to anti-kidnapping unit of the command traced and arrested one Nafiu Adamu, 16, of Miri village Bauchi.

The suspect was said to have used his GSM handset and threaten to kidnap one Jamilu Abubakar of the same address through a text message.

According to the police, exhibits recovered from the suspect include one Nokia handset and SIM card used to issue the threat. The suspect was said to have voluntarily admitted committing the crime while case is still under investigation.

The PPRO said: “Following intelligence report, Police detectives attached to Ganjuwa Division in collaboration with a vigilante group arrested the following suspected kidnappers and rapists: Bala Mohammed, Dauda Damina, Mohammed Ahmed, Dahiru Mato all males of Mada Dutsen Kura hamlet in Yali Ward of Ganjuwa LGA.

“Suspects had on the 28/11/2016 at about 00:00hrs, gunmen armed with cutlasses and sticks stormed the residence of one Abubakar Mohammed male of same address and had unlawful carnal knowledge with his wife after which they threatened to kidnap his mother.

“Complainant gave them a sum of N35,000 and pleaded with them not to kidnap his mother but they seized his motorcycle receipt as collateral pending when he pays outstanding ransom of N120,000. Exhibits recovered from them include two cutlasses and motorcycle receipts seized from the complainant.

“Meanwhile, all the suspects voluntarily confessed to the crime and case under investigation after which they would be charged to court for prosecution.”

The police in Bauchi also disclosed that following intelligence report, detectives attached to their anti-kidnapping unit stormed kidnappers’ hideout at Durum Forest Bauchi and rescued one Mohammadu Jauro of Garun village Jos East LGA of neighbouring Plateau State.

The victim was kidnapped by four gunmen on December 18, 2016 and brought to Yuga Forest in Toro LGA of Bauchi where he was held hostage for 13 days before he was rescued. He was rushed to a Hospital for medical examination and is responding to treatment.

The case is also under investigation while efforts are being intensified to apprehend fleeing suspects.

Source: News Express

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