A 19-year-old kidnapper alongside four other suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory.
The 19-year-old, Abdul Alhassan, and Lawal Abdullahi, 25, were arrested in connection with kidnappings along Tunga-maje axis of the FCT while Usman Musa, 20; Bello Musa, 21, and Haruna Alhassan, 22, were said to be members of a notorious syndicate of kidnappers around Tungan-maje, Bwari and Kwali-Kuje axis.
Mariam Yusuf, spokesperson for the Comand confirmed their arrest.
She added that a total of N1,275,000 paid as ransom and three wristwatches and mobile phones were recovered from Musa, Bello, and Alhassan, while a mobile phone was recovered from Abdullahi and Alhassan, The PUNCH had reported.
Yusuf said, “One Usman Musa, 20; Bello Musa, 21; and Haruna Alhassan, 22, were arrested by police operatives from the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad during an intelligence-led operation.
“The suspects who belong to a notorious syndicate of kidnappers confessed their involvements in the recent abductions along Bwari-Byzahin, Kuje-Kwali axis, and Niger State.
“Exhibits recovered from them are cash sum of N1,275,000 paid as ransom by their victims, three mobile phones, charms, three wristwatches, and two caps.
“Another suspects; Lawal Abdullahi, 25, and Abdul Alhassan, 19, were arrested for being linked to the kidnappings along Tunga-maje axis. The duo also confessed to threatening some residents of Tunga-Maje to pay ‘ransom’ to avoid being kidnapped. Exhibit recovered: one mobile phone.
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“All the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.”