The Kaduna state police command says it arrested a suspected kidnapper and rescued eight kidnap victims in separate operations in the state.
In a statement issued on Friday, Yakubu Sabo, the command’s public relations officer, said the operation took place between Tuesday and Thursday at Igabi and Chikun local government areas of the state.
He said a 13-year-old boy was one of the victims rescued in the operation.
Sabo said Mustapha Ibrahim, the suspect, is helping police investigation in the arrest of other gang members.
“On 29/10/2019 at about 2030hrs, a combined teams of Police Operatives from Rigasa, Nariya Divisions and personnel of the Command’s operation department acting on reliable tip off, swung into action and succeeded in arresting a suspected notorious kidnapper one Mustapha Ibrahim of Daura Road Rigasa Kaduna red handed, with a kidnapped victim one Abubakar Aminu a 13 year old boy of Maraban Rido Village Chukun L.G.A Kaduna State on his way to deliver the victim to his gang members,” the statement read.
“The suspect subsequently led the operatives to rescue two other victims in their criminal hideout namely: Ismaila Hussaini, Hussaini Umar both residing at Ado-Gwaram area of Rigasa Kaduna.
“The suspect is helping Police investigation. The Command is currently on the trail of other gang members for possible arrest and prosecution.”
The spokesperson said the security operatives also raided a bandit camp where they rescued five victims.
“In addition to the above success, the Operatives of the Command in continuation of the current onslaught against all identified Bandits Camps in the State, the operation at Maguzawa and Gurguzu Forests recorded another milestone today 31st October 2019 with the successful rescue of another set of five kidnap victims after storming some bandits camps at about 0130hrs and engaged them in a fierce gun duel,” he said.
“While the suspected bandits escaped with bullet wounds, the following captives were successfully rescued by our Operatives. They are: Sada Abdullahi, Maimuna Umar Sharif, Ismail Umar Sharif, Aisha Umar Sharif, Husaini Umar Sharif all adult of Nariya Village Chukun L.G.A Kaduna State.”