24 suspected kidnappers, armed robbery suspects paraded in Kogi – The Nation Newspaper

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The Kogi State Police command on Thursday paraded twenty-four suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.

Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters, Lokoja, the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Hakeem Busari, stated that four of them, who are suspected herdsmen; Adamu Hassan, Umar Salihu, Ibrahim Musa, Usman Abubakar and Muhammed Bello, were arrested on a tip-off by operatives of “Operation Puff Adder.”

The CP said that the police received information that the suspects were behind the series of kidnapping on the Obajana-Kabba road.

He said that 10 suspects were arrested in connection with robbery incidents in Lokoja, Ogugu, Olamaboro, Ayangba and Dekina local government areas.

He said that two pistols and one locally made single barrel gun were recovered from three of the suspects; Aliyu Sule, Danjuma Isah and Musa Seidu.

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According to him, one AK47, two pump action and one single barrel gun and 30 rounds of live ammunitions and 12 cartridges were recovered from them.

He said that two other suspects; Friday Abah and Ogbaje Chukwuma, were held for allegedly robbing one Mr. Ojochenemi Baba and a filling station manager of their cars, cash and other valuables on March 11, at Olamaboro.

He said that a Toyota Camry marked, Lagos EKY 473 DZ, one Sharon salon car, three handsets, a TV decoder, one flat screen television, one single barrel gun and six live cartridges were found in their possession.

Others arrested for alleged armed robbery included Abdulkarim Sunday and Benjamin Stephen…at Ayangba on May 5.

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A locally-made gun and a telephone were recovered from them.

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He disclosed that two suspects, Danlami Mohammed and Abdulkadiri Ismail, were apprehended for motorcycle snatching, and Martin Igwe and Emeka Okeke for being in possession stolen vehicle parts.

The CP said that four other suspects: Alhaji Usman, Usman Arome, Ogwu Shaibu and Yakubu Stanlus, were arrested for allegedly attacking herdsmen who were making their way through Ulara village in Dekina Local Government Area on March 18.

According to him, the fulani herdsmen stopped over in the village to break their fast when they were attacked by the armed youths.

He said that three herdsmen and 846 cows were still missing, adding that many of the cows were believed to have been killed by the villagers.

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He added that a team of operatives of the SARS Unit of the command that went to the village to assess the situation were engaged in a gun duel by armed youths.

According to him: “In the process, the four suspects were arrested and one unknown corpse recovered, with a gun,” he said.”

He vowed that the command will unravel the circumstances surrounding the attack on the herdsmen, adding that all those involved will be made to face the law.

He said that all the suspects will be charged to court after completion of investigations.

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