Police arrest notorious kidnapping syndicate formed in Katsina prison
Kidnap gang formed in prison busted by Police
Operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Force Headquarters in Abuja have busted a kidnap gang which was formed in Katsina Prison and abducted a businessman in Sokoto, Alhaji Tukur Zubairu, for ransom, The Nation reports.
Parading members of this gang alongside other kidnapping and armed gangs robbery who operate with military uniforms as well as an Internet fraud group in Abuja on Monday, Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said a cash sum of N10.1 million, which was part of the ransom was recovered from them.
Mba said, the gang led by one Rufai was formed in the prison and members were all persons who had been prosecuted by the police and serving jail sentences and were almost rounding off their sentences while others were in the prison awaiting trials.
“Somehow, they were able to get themselves together while n the prison, formed a very deadly gang and while there they hatched a plot to kidnap one Alhaji Tukur Subairu, a wealthy businessman in Sokoto State.
“As soon as they were out of the prison, they embarked on that mission, kidnapped the businessman and collected ransom running into several million. We went after them and today, all the gang members have been arrested.
“If you look at our display table you will see a total sum of N10.1 million, which is part of the ransom they collected,” he said.
On other arrests made, he said, “We have today a total of 81 suspects most of them are suspects that have been indicted in our investigations in prima facie cases of murder kidnapping, unlawful possession of weapons and internet fraud clearly established against them.
“We also have a very deadly kidnapping gang known as the Shuaibu Dan Kaduna Gang that was busted by our operatives. This gang was responsible for so many terrible crimes especially along Kaduna axis and other states within the north-central part of the country.
“On 11 August 11, 2018 this gang ambushed a team of IRT operatives that were on a mission and killed four of the operatives. But ever since then we have not relented on our efforts and today, the majority of the members of that gang have been rounded up.
“The rifles of the IRT operatives that were snatched from them after they were killed have been recovered. Three of the rifles. The leader of that gang, Shuaibu Dan Kaduna himself has been neutralized. As a matter of fact, he died during a gunfight with our operatives on the third of October, 2019.
“There is also another gang responsible for the killing of Inspector Patrick Yohana. The incident happened along Kaduna Abuja expressway, Patrick, an inspector attached to the special protection unit was gunned down by this gang on the 26thof August 2019. You cannot kill a police officer and go scot-free. We went after them and we have the entire gang members with us.
“Our operatives here also extended their investigative and operational activities to Taraba State, where another kidnap gang number about 21 were all rounded up. That gang stands today totally decimated.
“Operatives of STS also acted on intelligence and busted a home in Lugbe where 10 internet fraudsters were arrested. Out of the 10, one is a Ghanaian, who is a secondary school student in Accra Acaddemy in Ghana.
“A total of eight AK47 rifles, 344 rounds for AK46 rifles, about 15 other types of weapons of assorted makes, largely locally fabricated weapons were also recovered during this period. From the Internet fraudsters, a total of 10 laptops were recovered. They would be subjected to proper forensic examination before they would be charged to court.
“As a society, we must genuinely and collaboratively work together and attack and deal with the very root causes of crime and criminality in our country. As police officers, we would continue to do our bit to ensure a crime-free society. We will continue to work with relevant agencies and citizens, particulars under the auspices of our National Community Policing Programme to deal with as many of these things as we can.”