Forty eight suspects were Tuesday, Oct. 12, paraded by the police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery, and burglary.
Frank Mba, the Force spokesperson while parading the suspects at the Intelligence Response Team office said 28 varieties of weapons and electronic gadgets including 10 laptops and phones were recovered from the suspects.
Channels Television reported that the weapons recovered from the suspects include nine AK-49 rifles, three AK-47, 495 AK-47 live ammunition.
Among the suspects paraded was a 36-year-old man, Abubakar Haliru, who is alleged to have kidnapped his cousin, one 48-year-old Binta Muhammed in Jigawa State.
According to Mba, Binta had given Haliru money to purchase four tricycles but instead of going ahead with the purchase, decided to conspire with a gang to kidnap her.
Binta was, however, according to the spokesperson, rescued by officers of the Intelligence Response Team.
Another gang of kidnappers said to be operating in the northwest and north-central region was also paraded.
Mba explained that the gang is responsible for the kidnap of one Reverend Father Tony Bawa in Kushin Makaranta area of the FCT.
In Feb. 2021, Police arrested six suspected kidnappers in Apo, under Abuja Municipal Area Council, who were believed to be members of a kidnapping syndicate terrorising the city.
The FCT Police command had in July deployed its personnel to Mpape Phase II, a community near Maitama, after residents received a letter purportedly written by armed robbers.
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