Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have arrested Bashiru Sule, a commercial driver who allegedly conspires with criminal gangs, including bandits, to kidnap his passengers for ransom.
Parading the suspect before journalists, Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), said Sule, 25, who “delivers” innocent citizens to kidnappers, operates on the major highways in the North-east and North-west.
“What he does is that sometimes, he goes to the motor park, present his vehicle and pretends to be an innocent hardworking transporter,” Mba said.
“He will patiently wait for passengers to board his vehicle and once he has enough of these passengers, he moves from the park.
“He establishes communication with members of other kidnapping gangs and bandits along his way and once he gets to a comfortable area, these gang members will intercept his vehicle and kidnap all his passengers.”
The NPF spokesperson disclosed that the driver was among 34 suspects, consisting of 32 males and two females arrested by the police over various criminal offenses in the north.
According to Mba, two AK-47 rifles, one pump action, two dane guns, three revolver pistols, and four berretta pistols with their accompany magazines were recovered from the suspects.
He added that other exhibits recovered were a total of 389 live ammunition of AK-47, 30 pieces of type 06 ammunition, five tear gas canastas, 11 grenade and two units of anti-tracking devices.
Mba said the anti-tracking devices have the capacity to effectively block all forms of wireless communication transmission in a stolen vehicle.
He noted that the equipment has the capacity to block cellular networks, satellite phones, blue tooth, and all kinds of communication between a stolen car and tracking companies or network providers.