By Oladapo Okeowo
The Department of State Services (DSS) has made a series of arrests in its bid to curb the activities of kidnappers and bandits in different parts of the country.
This is contained in a statement by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the Daily Post reports.
According to the statement, which contains the names and location of the kidnappers arrested, the DSS arrests spanned the entirety of the nation as some arrests were made in the North, and some in the South of Nigeria.
Below is the statement:
“On 18th June, 2017, the Service, with the support of the Police, raided the residence of Chidera NJOKU at Umuagwu village in Ngor-Opkala LGA of Imo State. During the operation, the team recovered one (1) locally-made revolver pistol, one (1) locally made single barrel shot gun, eighty two (82) rounds of 5.56 live ammunition and one (1) human skull.
“As the Service carries out investigation on this, it also on 5th July, 2017, arrested 27 year old Rabiu SANI and 30 year old Abubakar SANI along Zaria-Funtua road, Giwa LGA of Kaduna State for kidnapping and gun running.
“On the same 5th July 2017, one Loveday OGBONNA, a native of Owoahiafor in Obingwa LGA, Abia State was arrested at Crunchies Fast Food, Aba for his involvement in the kidnap of one Mrs Viola ORJI.
“The Service recorded a similar feat on the same day at Ikara Junction, Tudun Wada LGA, Kano State where the duo of Rabiu DAHIRU (a.k.a KACHALLA) and Umar YA’U were arrested while in possession of Twenty-six (26) cartridges, amulets and vests bearing charms.
“Also at Yarkusa area of Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State, Shehu MAINASARA (a.k.a. GIZGA) was arrested for his activities in illicit drugs. He has been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the State for further investigation and possible prosecution.
“Earlier on 3rd July, 2017, at Kakuri, Kaduna State, Hamisu HASSAN, a suspected kidnap kingpin was arrested by a joint team of the Service and the Military for his notoriety on the Abuja-Kaduna highway. HASSAN was apprehended alongside six (6) of his associates namely; Yusuf SAIDU, Rashida USMAN (f), Abubakar SHUAIBU, Abubakar SULEIMAN, Huzairu BAWA and Sani ABUBAKAR.
“Between 29th and 30th June, 2017 at United Bank for Africa (UBA), Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt and Mariri, along Kano-Wudil road, Kumbotso LGA, Kano State, Jolly David DIDI and the trio of Iliya Alhaji MUHKTAR, Usha’u HASSAN and Muazu USMAN were arrested respectively for their involvement in kidnaping activities.
“DIDI, who hails from Ikot-Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State, was arrested for his complicity in the kidnap of a female staff of UBA, Ugonwa Okoroafor NWOSI on 1st May, 2017 around Garrison Bus stop. Similarly, on 29th June, 2017 Sunday ENE was arrested at Igbo-Etche Road, Obio/Akpor LGA, Rivers State for his complicity in the kidnap and murder of John MBANUGU on 21st June, 2017 in the area
“In Nasarawa State, the Service in collaboration with the local vigilante arrested one 50 year old Dahiru Umaru IRO for his support and patronage of a notorious cattle rustling and kidnap gang headed by Yusuf Mohammed SANI in the State. IRO was discovered to be the major buyer of rustled cattle from the gang.
“While a joint Service/Military team arrested the duo of Abubakar MOHAMMED and Hamidu MUSA at Mararaba Garba Chide in Gassol LGA, Taraba State for their involvement in Boko Haram activities, the Service earlier on 20th June, 2017 at Ungwar Barnawa, Shekar Madaki, Kumbotso LGA, Kano State arrested Bashir MOHAMMED”.