The Sokoto State Police Command has recovered N10.1 million from a kidnap gang and arrested 81 suspects over homicide, kidnapping, illegal possession of weapons and web fraud throughout the nation.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday.
He stated the quantity was a part of the ransom paid by one among their victims, Alhaji Tuku Zubairu, a rich enterprise man in Sokoto State.
He stated the gang was shaped in Katsina Prison, including that members had been prisoners who had been prosecuted by the police.
Mba stated they had been both serving jail phrases or rounding up their sentences whereas others had been within the jail awaiting trials.
“Somehow, they had been in a position to get themselves collectively whereas within the jail, shaped a lethal gang and whereas within the jail they hatched the plot to kidnap one Alhaji Tuku Zubairu.
“As quickly as they had been out from the jail, they launched into that mission, kidnapped the enterprise man and picked up ransom operating into a number of tens of millions from him.
“We went after them and as I speak to you today, all the gang members have been arrested and a total sum of N10.1 million, part of the ransom they collected has been recovered,” NAN quoted him as saying.
He added that the police had additionally arrested one other lethal kidnap gang referred to as the Shaibu DanKaduna, liable for horrible crimes alongside Kaduna axis and a few elements of the North Central zone of the nation.
According to him, “On Aug. 11 this gang ambushed a staff of police operatives that had been on a mission and killed 4 of the operatives.
“Ever since then, we have now not relented on our efforts and as I converse to you, majority of members of that gang have been arrested.
“The riffles of the operatives that had been snatched after killing them have all been recovered.
“The leader of that gang, Shaibu Dan Kaduna has been killed, he died during an exchange of bullet with police operatives on Oct. 3,” he stated.
He stated members of one other kidnap gang liable for the killing of Insp. Patrick Yohanna on Aug. 26 alongside Abuja-Kaduna street had additionally been arrested.
Mba stated your entire gang members had been arrested, including that one other group, numbering 21 had been additionally arrested in Taraba State.
He stated 10 web fraudsters together with a Secondary School Ghanaian had been arrested in Abuja by police operatives.
“A take a look at them confirmed clearly that they’re all younger individuals and out of the 10, one is a Ghanaian who advised us that he’s a secondary college scholar in Accra Academy.
“Some of the suspects are graduates and as a matter of fact, one of them who we recognise as the leader of the group is a graduate of Microbiology and a holder of Masters in Business Administration,” he added.