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The Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) operatives have arrested 31 suspects including the suspected kidnappers of Greenfield students, for kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, and unlawful possession of firearms.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who paraded the suspects, said the team recovered 61 firearms- including 41 AK rifles, eight Type 06 rifles, four Light Assault Rifles (LAR), four pump action guns, two locally-made firearms, one G3 rifle, one Dane gun, 376 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, and a cash sum of two million naira.

Among those paraded were Aminu Lawal (aka Kano) and Murtala Dawu (aka Mugala), working with a kidnap kingpin known as Yellow Ashana, who confessed to kidnapping students from Greenfield University in Kaduna State and gruesomely murdering five of them before the ransom was paid and others were released. The syndicate also kidnapped and killed two Police Officers and one Vigilante in 2021.

According to the Police, intelligence showed that their area of operations includes Dan Hunu, Kekebi, Dan Busha Rido, Maraban Rido, and Kumi Sata, all in Kaduna State.

“FIB-STS operatives caught up with them in March 2022, after being on their trail upon the mention of their names in connection to the kidnapping of Bethel Baptist School students in 2021,” CSP Adejobi stated.

In the same vein, a five-man trans-border syndicate that carry out kidnapping operations between Adamawa State in Nigeria, and Burha, Fituha, and Kesu in Cameroon were also arrested.

The suspects are 28-year-old Abubakar Mohammed, 28-year-old Shehu Mohammed, 30-year-old Abdullahi Ali, 18-year-old Abubakar Ali, and 18-year-old Hussaini Sule from Mubi, Adamawa State.

“They confessed to the kidnap and multiple rapes of a newly wedded woman at Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno state whom they released upon receipt of a million Naira ransom. They were apprehended by operatives of the FIB-STS after collecting a ransom sum of two million Naira for one Alhaji Moni of Buladega Village on the 11th of May, 2022,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, while commending the FIB-STS operatives for the successes recorded, assured that all criminal elements will be smoked out of their hiding places and would answer to their crimes in due course.

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