Police in Adamawa parade 40 kidnap suspects

Police in Adamawa parade 40 kidnap suspects
Charles Nwoke, Yola, Nigeria
February 16, 2021 

Adamawa State Police Command has paraded 40 suspected criminals allegedly involved in different crimes within the state, ranging from cattle rustling, kidnapping, and culpable homicide.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Adamu, while parading the suspects at the state police headquarters in Yola on Monday, stated that his command, in collaboration with local hunters, achieved the feat in joint and coordinated operations carried out across the state.

He revealed that five of the suspects belong to a syndicate perpetuating abduction crimes across Yola North, Yola South, Fufore, and Mayo Belwa Local Government Area councils, that on further investigation, the five were further discovered to be those who kidnapped the district head of Mayo-Farang in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area in January.

The Police Boss disclosed that three AK47 rifles, one Sharon car, and a sum of N1.1 million were recovered from them.

CP Adamu added that two of the suspects, namely Ali Dankaru, 37-year-old; and Ahmadu Dajo, also 37-year-old; conspired with four others at large and abducted one Muhammadu Zakari of Nasarawo Jereng in Mayo-Belwa LGA, collected N550,000 ransom from his family, requested for another ransom of N5 million on condition that the family would pay that up by the next market day of Nasarawo Jereng if the family did not want them to kill the man.

According to the CP, “We got wind of this, did our discreet investigation, and got the suspects arrested.”

Stating the case of 33 other suspects, the Police Commissioner disclosed that they were picked up in several areas of the state in the struggle by the police to “reclaim public space” and get rid of criminal activities in the state.

CP Adamu said operatives of the command and other security apparatus in Adamawa were deployed to trace and arrest “miscreants perpetuating criminal activities” that involve kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other criminal activities bedeviling the state.

He explained, “The command’s anti-kidnapping unit and other tactical units, in compliance with my directives in my maiden address, collaborated with professional hunters being our critical stakeholders in our policing strategy, and deployed to Chigari, Yadim, Wuro-Bokki, Sigire, and Nassarawo Jereng villages of Fufore, Mayo-Belwa, Song, and Mubi LGAs.”