By Concise News correspondents
The Nigerian police force has announced that it has arrested members of a seven man gang specialized in kidnapping for ransom in Kaduna metropolis.
In a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, the leader of the gang, Dominic Nwakpa aka Alhaji, was arrested in Lagos on Jan 1st 2017 following a tip off.
Other members of the gang were promptly rounded up from the Kaduna hideout same day.
The suspected criminals upon interrogation confessed to being responsible for the kidnap of former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse, on 20th November, 2016 in GRA, Kaduna.
They admitted to collecting ransom before he was released.
The same gang also confessed to the kidnap of Dr. Abdulmalik Durunguwa and his wife in their residence at different intervals in Kaduna. Ransom was also collected by the gang from the family of the victims before they were released.
A member of Kaduna State House of Assembly Hon. Ibrahim Samaila was also kidnapped by the same gang on 26th August, 2016 at Abakpa area of Kaduna State. An undisclosed sum of money was collected as ransom by the gang before his release.
The police press statement has it that the last member of the gang, Clinton Abere, was trailed and arrested in a Lagos hotel after jumping out of the window of his hotel room on sighting the operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response team (IRT).
He is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed Police Hospital from injury he sustained in the process of attempting to escape arrest.
Those arrested are:
i. Dominic Nwakpa aka Alhaji – Gang leader
ii. Ifeanyi Chukwu ‘M’ – 2nd in command of the gang
iii. Balat Paul ‘M’ 30 years – Driver of the gang – principal suspect.
iv. Ibrahim Samuel aka IB ‘M’ 27 years – principal suspect.
v. Jatau Peter ‘M’ 29 years ( a dismissed Police man)
vi. Afini Paul ‘F’ – Younger sister to the driver of the gang and also owner of the house where kidnapped victims are kept.
vii. Clinton Abere – a principal suspect
Weapons recovered from suspects:
i. Two (2) English made pump action guns
ii. One hundred and thirty one (131) rounds of AK 47 ammunition
iii. Police camouflage uniforms and two military face caps
iv. Two (2) operational vehicles
v. One hand set phone – used for negotiation and collection of ransom.
vi. A red face mask
vii. Anti-car tracking device
viii. One (1) black criminal charm jacket
ix. Five pistols
The police force said that effort is being intensified to arrest the remaining members of this notorious gang at large. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation, according to the press statement.