Monday, 9 January 2017

Kidnappers of Ambassador Bagudu Hirst arrested, paraded by Police

The Nigerian police force has paraded a
group of armed robbers and kidnappers
who are responsible for the abduction of
Ambassador Bagudu Hirse and other high
profile personalities in Nigeria.
Police spokesperson, Awunah Don ,
revealed to newsmen that the criminals
were caught after a series of
investigations and tip-offs. Below is a full
statement on the incident;
The Inspector General of Police, IGP
Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, concerned with
spate of kidnappings and other related
violent crimes throughout the country
reorganized, refocused and equipped the
IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, (IRT)
and other Special Tactical Squads for
optimum performance in achieving targeted
objectives.
2. Against this background, the IRT and
the STS recorded remarkable achievements
in tackling crimes across the Country. In a
coordinated operation based on intelligence
gathered and painstaking surveillance of
notorious kidnap for ransom criminal
gangs in Kaduna and other contiguous
States, the IRT, in a single swoop cracked
a criminal gang of vicious kidnappers and
arrested all the members of the gang, who
are now in Police custody and
undergoing investigation to ensure that
they are brought to justice.
3. CASE I: ARREST OF KIDNAPPERS,
RECOVERY OF FIREARMS, AMMUNITION,
MILITARY AND POLICE UNIFORMS AND
TWO OPERATIONAL VEHICLES OF THE
KIDNAPPERS
SUSPECTS:
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
EXHIBITS:
i. Two (2) English made Pump Action Guns
ii. One hundred and thirty one (131) rounds
of AK 47 ammunition
iii. Police Camouflage uniform 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
On the 1st January, 2017 at about 1130hrs
operatives attached to the IGP Intelligence
Response Team (IRT) after a sustained
surveillance, smashed the vicious and very
notorious kidnap for ransom gang that
have been terrorizing Kaduna and
neighbouring States, responsible for the
kidnap of several important personalities in
the recent past. The gang was smashed
with the arrest of DOMINIC NWAKPA A.K.A
ALHAJI, who is the gang leader, in Lagos
state, while four other principal suspects
and members of the gang, namely Balat
Paul, driver of the gang, Ibrahim Samuel
aka “IB” and Jatau Peter – a dismissed
Policeman were arrested on the 1st
January, 2017 in their hideouts at Dan
Hassan Road Ungwa Boro Kaduna, while
Afini Paul, a female member who cooks for
the gang and the victims, rented the house
at Yusuf Patrick close, Mararaba Rido,
Kaduna where victims are kept before
ransom money is collected, was arrested
at their hideout in Kaduna. Ifeanyi Chukwu
the 2nd in command of the gang was
arrested in a Hotel in Agbor Hill, area of
Abia State. He confessed to be the second
in command of the gang that kidnapped
the Ambassador and so many other
kidnappings within and outside Kaduna,
Abia, Imo, Rivers, and Delta States.
2. The suspects upon interrogation
volunteered confessional statements
admitting that they are the criminal gang
that kidnapped the former Minister of State
for foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu
Hirse on 20th November, 2016 in GRA,
Kaduna and collected ransom before he
was released. The same gang 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 gang on 26/8/2016 at
Abakpa area of Kaduna State and an
undisclosedd ransom money was collected
by the gang before his release.
On the 6th of January, 2017 the last
suspect Clinton Abere was trailed and
arrested in a Hotel in Lagos 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 Police
Hospital from injury he sustained in the
process of attempting to escape arrest.
3. All the seven (7) suspects while
undergoing interrogation confessed and
admitted to the various criminal roles they
played in the commission of the crimes.
They will be arraigned in court on
completion of investigation.
4. CASE II: CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY,
ARMED ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING,
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS
AND AMMUNITION
SUSPECTS:
i. Maisamari Dan Katsina ‘M’ gang leader
ii. Ex.Sgt Bulus Jatau ‘M’ ( a Dismissed
Police man)
EXHIBITS:
i. ONE (1) Pump Action gun no. 40311
ii. Berretta Pistol No. AO7184Z
iii. Four (4) English Revolver pistols No.
72634, 25727, 9D09270 and G191X194
iv. Fifty (50) rounds of 9mm live
ammunition and one (1) expended
v. Thirty one (31) live cartridges
vi. One (1) fake firearm license
vii. One (1) Golf car
viii. One (1) Prado Jeep
ix. One (1) Toyota cricket In Police custody
in Kaduna State.
x. One (1) Toyota corolla
xi. One (1) set of camouflage Police
uniform
On 1st January, 2017 at about 0245hrs,
working on actionable intelligence at the
disposal of the Nigeria Police Force
indicating that a notorious kidnap for
ransom gang and armed robbers who have
been on the wanted list of the Police for
several kidnappings, armed robberies and
other violent crimes within Kaduna and its
neighbouring States were in the process of
unleashing terror on innocent residents of
Kujama village in Kajuru LGA in Kaduna
state, the Operatives of IGP’s Special
Tactical Squad swung into action and
arrested the mentioned suspects. On the
spot search was conducted at their
criminal hide out and the above listed
exhibits were recovered in their possession.
The suspects have volunteered
confessional statements to Police
admitting to the various roles they played
in the commission of several kidnappings
and armed robbery attacks in Kaduna and
other neighbouring states. 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.
5. The IGP is hereby assuring all Nigerians
of adequate security and commitment of
the Nigeria Police Force to work
assiduously to further reduce the rate of
crime and criminality across the Country,
especially kidnap for ransom and other
violent crimes. He urges Nigerians to
always be law abiding, volunteer useful
information to the Police in their localities
and see themselves as stakeholders with
the Force in making the country safer.