The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory has detained a 19-year-old kidnapper as well as four other alleged kidnappers.
Abdul Alhassan, 19, and Lawal Abdullahi, 25, were arrested in connection with kidnappings in the FCT’s Tunga-maje axis, while Usman Musa, 20, Bello Musa, 21, and Haruna Alhassan, 22, were said to be members of a notorious kidnapping syndicate operating in the Tungan-maje, Bwari, and Kwali-Kuje areas.
The Comand’s spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, confirmed their arrest.
According to The PUNCH, a total of N1,275,000 was paid as ransom, and three wristwatches and mobile phones were retrieved from Musa, Bello, and Alhassan, as well as a mobile phone from Abdullahi and Alhassan.
“During an intelligence-led operation, police operatives from the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad arrested one Usman Musa, 20; Bello Musa, 21; and Haruna Alhassan, 22,” Yusuf said.
“Kidnapping suspects from a notorious kidnapping syndicate confessed to their roles in the recent abductions in the Bwari-Byzahin, Kuje-Kwali axis, and Niger State.
“The monetary value of N1,275,000 given as ransom by their victims, three mobile phones, charms, three wristwatches, and two caps were among the exhibits retrieved from them.
“Another pair of suspects, Lawal Abdullahi, 25, and Abdul Alhassan, 19, have been detained in connection with the kidnappings in the Tunga-maje axis. The pair allegedly admitted to threatening several Tunga-Maje villagers with kidnapping until they paid a ‘ransom.’ One phone was found as an exhibit.
“Upon completion of the inquiry, all suspects will be arraigned in court.”