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January 22, 20203min570

Troops of Nigerian Navy have arrested a kidnapping and armed robbery gang who have been terrorising  Southern Kaduna, Benue and Niger states.

The troops which carried out this harvest f arrests are from the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology (NNSAT), Kachi, Kaduna state.

The gang of these kidnappers and armed robbers have been responsible for many untold stories of people being kidnapped for ransom while citizens of these States fell under the spell of serious robberies.

Confirming the development on Tuesday in Kaduna State, the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology, Kachia, Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani, said it took serious four months of surveillance to undertake the successful arrests.

Pani, who handed the suspects to the Department of State Security (DSS) in Kaduna said the Naval operatives rescued 28 kidnapped victims from kidnappers dens while arresting some of the suspected kidnappers and others who involve in crimes of cattle rustling and banditry in Kaduna State and environs.

“Some of them were caught in isolated forests where they were hibernating, while others were caught in hotels and their houses,” Pani revealed.

Speaking further, he said, “The arrested criminals include Abubakar Duguri alias Kure, Saleh Magaji alias Bodori, Idris Iliyasu, Auwal Yahyah, Monore Abu. Others are Mohammed Wakili, Tanimu Ibrahim alias Sambo, Abdullahi Adamu alias Yellow and Umar Alhassan.

“These criminals are responsible for various criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed banditry and cattle rustling in Kachia and other parts of the State.

“Various items were recovered from them which include weapons, motorbikes and military camouflage uniforms, amongst others, which they use for their operations.

“Some of the victims of the criminals who were unable to meet their demands were instantly killed while others were either maimed or injured.

“Also, some of the female victims were raped.”

Continuing Rear Admiral Pani said, “In line with the mandate of ‘Operation Yaki’, the Kaduna State Internal Security Operations, this morning, we are handing over the criminals to the Department of State Services for profiling and further investigation.

“We want to assure Nigerians that the Nigerian Navy will continue to do her best in collaboration with other security agencies to protect lives and properties of citizens of this nation.”

Daily Mail reports that these gang of robbers and kidnappers often killed their victims if they were unable to pay ransom. In some instances they were killed despite collecting ransom.

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