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Police nab 7 notorious kidnappers in Abuja, recover N9m cash

The Nigerian Police Force’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command in Abuja has reported the arrest of seven known kidnappers and the recovery of N9 million in ransom money.

This was revealed by the police commissioner of the FCT, CP Benneth Igweh, who paraded the accused at the command headquarters on Wednesday.

According to CP Benneth Igweh, the suspects were detained by Utako police officers led by CSP Victor Godfrey in a coordinated operation in the Tudun – Wada Lugbe and Pyakasa areas of Trademore.

They were named as Usman Muazu from Kwali, FCT; Aliyu Mohammed from Pumpomare region of Borno state; Awwal Dahiru from Gwagwalada area council of the FCT; Rabi Sani from Safana, Katsina State; and Madina Abubakar from Gulu, Lapai local government area of Niger State.

Others are, Jonah Elimelech from Kauru, Kaduna state, Saminu Idris, from also from Kauru, Kaduna state and Mariji Iliya from Mangu, Plateau state.

The police added that 79 suspects were also arrested during raids on various black spots by the police operatives from Trademore, Galadimawa, Maitama and Gwagwalada in the FCT.

He did, however, say that the raid was part of the command’s attempts to clear the FCT of crime, as its officers raided unfinished buildings and seized substances suspected to be Indian hemp and some illicit drugs from the suspects.

“And we speak, the suspects who have been profiled are in custody undergoing interrogation at respective division, while those found wanting will be charge to court,” he was quoted by Daily Trust.

In January, some residents of Chikakore and Kuchibuyi in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, protested over the terrible state of the major road linking their community which they described as one of the causes of serial kidnapping in the area.

The protesters who stormed the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) headquarters were armed with placards bearing messages such as, “Contractor has failed us, Wike, come to our aid at Chikakore”, “We can’t access our houses again due to gully erosion”, “We can’t afford another rainfall under this condition” among others.

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