Charles Nwoke, Gombe, Nigeria
January 7, 2021
Nigerian Police, Gombe State Command on Wednesday displayed the lifeless body of a kidnap suspect and paraded three others apprehended in connection with the abduction of Babayo Magaji at Pinga.
The slain kidnapping suspect, identified as Ustas, was killed during an exchange of gunshots with the police officers, who traced them to the bush where the abducted victim was forcefully taken.
Maikudi Shehu, Police Commissioner who briefed newsmen on the incident, said the victim was kidnapped from his home on Monday.
“The incident happened on Monday. The victim, Babayo Magaji, was kidnapped from his home by seven armed men suspected to be herdsmen. They led him into the bush and got to a rock where they decided to rest. It was while they were resting that their victim, Magaji, escaped and drew the attention of the people living around the area. Later, vigilance group members, hunters, and the police were informed,” said the Comimissioner.
He said Magaji led the police, hunters, and vigilant security group members to the scene of the inferno and as soon as the abductors sighted the police, they opened fire on them.
CP Shehu said it was during the gun battle that one of them was shot dead and others escaped and flee with bullet wounds.
“All of them came from Adamawa to kidnap the man, with the belief that they will get money from him because he has a lot of cattle. Aminu Musa from Songo Local Government was arrested at a motor park. Another suspect was arrested while trying to board a vehicle at Pinga to Adamawa,” the police commissioner added.
He revealed that the person that sent the criminals to abduct Magaji had been apprehended by the police.
Magaji told newsmen that he was asked to pay the sum of N300,000 as ransom by the hoodlums.
“I was in my home when they came and picked me up,” he said.
The commissioner of Police explained, “Of the seven kidnap suspects, we have nabbed three. We have the body of one of them called Ustas. Three others are on the run. Incidentally, we have a similar case that happened around the same axis, so we are trying to see how we can link the two together.”
He said the second kidnappers’ gang was trying to abduct someone when the police officers ran into them and opened fire on them.
Shehu said the police are still investigating to know whether it is the same syndicate that is operating in the area and urged members of the public to be law-abiding and go about their lawful business, assuring them that the command is on top of the situation.