A total of 11 suspected kidnappers have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria police intelligence response team and Taraba police command.
This was announced in a statement issued by Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Sunday.
According to Mba, the suspects were arrested for their criminal roles in the recent trend of kidnapping in Taraba State.
The police spokesperson also disclosed that seven AK-47 rifles, two Beretta pistols, 121 rounds of live ammunition of different calibre, four magazines, masks, illicit drugs and other incriminating items were recovered during raids of various hideouts of the suspects.
The statement read: “Police investigations revealed that the suspects, who have also been on the wanted list of the Taraba Police Command, are members of a notorious kidnap syndicate and have been evidentially linked to the recent upsurge in incidents of kidnapping in the State, including the deliberate and calculated attacks on security personnel.
“The suspects, Luka Adam, Shuaibu Nuhu, Moses Amos, Peters Mashi, Ahmadu Mallam, Adamu Mohammed, Dahiru Mallam Dalha, Gambo Isah, Sanusi Ahmadu, Mallam Mohammed Mauludu, Ibrahim Idi, all indigenes of Taraba State, were arrested by the Police team from their various criminal hideouts.
“Investigations also revealed how two (2) of the suspects, Gambo Isah and Sanusi Ahmadu masterminded the killing of the Police Sergeant and left a Police Inspector with gunshot injuries in their recent operation to enable them escape arrest having abducted some victims in Jalingo recently.
“The Police in the course of investigations equally identified and raided various criminal hideouts where kidnap victims are usually kept. All the kidnap victims held hostage at the various hideouts were carefully and successfully rescued unhurt and reunited with their families. Meanwhile, investigators are intensifying efforts at arresting other suspects currently at large.”
Mba added that all the suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigations.