A 35-year-old kidnapping kingpin has been arrested in a raid by Police detectives from Crack Squad in Yobe State.
Identified as Mohammed Wada, the suspect was arrested in Kanda village of Kolere community, Fune Local Government Area, in possession of deadly weapons.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Damaturu on Thursday.
“On 25th September, 2023 at about 1700hrs detectives from the Crack Squad responded to a distress call that a gang of bandits were seen servicing their Arms and Ammunition in preparation to attack unsuspecting innocent civilians”, the PPRO said.
According to the police spokesman, the suspect confessed to having organised and perpetrated many kidnapping incidents in parts of Damagum, Kolere and some parts of Tarmuwa and Dapchi local government areas.
“The suspect also cited two incidents of which N2.5 million (Two Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira) and N5 million (Five Million Naira) were received as ransom from victims’ families”, he said.
Items recovered from the suspect include one pump action gun, two fabricated pistols and some ammunition.
DSP Abdulkarim added that an investigation has commenced as efforts are on to arrest other syndicate members.
Meanwhile, in the statement, the state Commissioner of Police, Garba Ahmad, commended the efforts of officers and men of the command for the recent successes recorded and urged them to sustain the tempo.
The CP appealed to good people of the state for more support, especially by divulging credible information about the hideouts of criminal elements.