Operatives of the Nigerian police have arrested 48 criminal suspects which included 47 male and 1 female
The criminals were arrested by the operatives of the FIB Intelligence Response Team and Special Tactical Squad of the Force attached to the Operation Puff Adder II.
They were arrested for their involvement and indictment in cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearms, cybercrime/financial fraud and other heinous crimes in some parts of the country.
41 prohibited firearms including 14 AK47 rifles, 10 AK47 Magazines, 58 live cartridges, 4 AK47 live ammunition, 4 POS Machines, 2 laptop computers, 18 mobile phones, Internet MODEM and ATM cards were recovered from the suspects in the operations.
According to the police, notable among the breakthroughs, is the arrest of the 9criminal suspects responsible for the kidnap of Honourable Mohammed Bashir Bape, Member, Taraba State House of Assembly in December, 2020.
The police said the were apprehended at their various hideouts in Taraba and Plateau States following an intense search by the Police team for the perpetrators of the crime and follow-up on recent spike in Kidnapping/armed robbery in Taraba and the North-Central States of the Country.
The police identified the suspects as Yusuf Abubakar, 31yrs native of Jalingo LGA Taraba state, Muntari Umar, 27yrs Native of Mayo Belwa LGA Adamawa State, Ahmadu Dahiru, 28yrs, native of Lau LGA, Taraba State, Ali Alhaji Wurungo, 25yrs native of Lau LGA Taraba State.
Others are Buhari Nuhu, 25yrs, native of Jalingo LGA, Mohd GARBA, 30yrs, native of Mararaban Gasol, Taraba State, Yusuf Jibrillah 23yrs, native of Mararaban Gasol Taraba State, Adamu Ahmadu aka Bulala 32yrs, native of Taraba State and one Idi Suleiman.
Investigations by the Police team revealed that the suspects are members of a notorious armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate that specializes in terrorizing innocent citizens in the North-Central/North East States particularly in Plateau and Taraba States.
Police investigations have uncovered the roles played by each member of the gang during the kidnap of the Honourable Member.
Investigations also established how the proceeds of the crime (ransom) were shared among the suspects.
The Police operatives also arrested a 12-man cybercrime syndicate for internet fraud and other cyber-related offences.
The suspects, with their ages within the range of 22 and 30, were arrested at a residence in Kubwa area of the Federal capital Territory (FCT), Abuja following intelligence received by the Police.
Similarly, the Police team busted a 2-man gang of a 61-year-old physically challenged man, Musa Usman from Kebbi State who resides in Anambra State and one Ahmed Shuaibu, 27years, native of Nasarawa State for complicity in the distribution and sale of illicit/dangerous drugs to bandits in their camps at Babuga, Nasarawa State.
The physically challenged man has been taking advantage of his physical state to evade police attention until his eventual arrest.
Thirty-five wraps of substance suspected to be Cocaine, were recovered from the suspects.
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