The Oasis Reporters
May 14, 2019
Shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmad El Rufai asserted that Kaduna-Abuja road is now safe for travellers as it has been rid of criminal elements especially kidnappers and bandits, few people gave him the benefit of doubt.
The governor spoke to State House correspondents on Monday after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, with the current security system in place, people should be confident to drive on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway without any fear.
Not too long after, operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder arrested nine kidnap suspects along Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos road and Kaduna-Kachia road.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, who confirmed the arrest on Monday, said the suspects were arrested at Kudaru Forest in Lere LGA of Kaduna State following credible intelligence and support from the locals in the community.
The kidnap suspects are: Ayuba Lawal, Saidu Bello, Abdullahi Bello, Adamu Lawal, and Umar Sani, all males and indigenes of Dan Musa LGA of Katsina State.
Other suspects, Muhammed Sani, Jibrin Shehu, Usman Sani, Musa Garba, all males, were similarly arrested at Akilbu forest around Chikwale in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State.
Two AK-47 rifles, four AK-47 magazines, 54 rounds of live ammunition, five dane guns and 200 stolen cows were recovered from the suspects.
OPERATION PUFF ADDER STRIKES HARDER, ROUTS-OUT MORE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS ALONG ABUJA-KADUNA EXPRESSWAY
· Arrests nine (9) kidnappers, recovers 2 AK47 rifles, 4 magazines, 54 rounds of live ammunition (5) Dane guns and 200 stolen cows.
The unwavering determination of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu NPM, mni to rid the Country of kidnapping and other heinous crimes has continued to record tremendous successes. In the latest development, a combined team of police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder on the 11th May, 2019 arrested nine (9) kidnap suspects and recovered two (2) AK47 Rifles, four (4) AK47 Magazines, fifty Four (54) rounds of live ammunition, five (5) dane guns and 200 stolen cows.
The kidnap suspects who include: Ayuba lawal, Saidu Bello, Abdullahi Bello, Adamu Lawal, and Umar Sani, all males and indigenes of Dan Musa LGA of Katsina State, were arrested at Kudaru Forest in Lere LGA of Kaduna State following credible intelligence and support from the locals in the community.
Other suspects, Muhammed Sani, Jibrin Shehu, Usman Sani, Musa Garba, all males, were similarly arrested at Akilbu forest around Chikwale in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State. All the suspects have made useful statement to the Police on their involvement in a series of kidnap cases on the Abuja – Kaduna expressway.
Meanwhile, the IGP has commended the people for their cooperation and support to the Police and has assured that with the consistent support by the public the war against kidnapping and other heinous crimes in the country will certainly be won in no distant time.
DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
Though fears remain in the minds of road users for the kidnappers on the highway would be much more than that, and many more may still be lurking in the bushes which has become their natural habitat.
Many travellers who have fallen into the trap of the kidnappers often say upon release that many of their captors are more West African than Nigerian, going by their foreign Fulani accent.
More security intelligence and combing is perhaps needed to give the public the much needed assurances that the road is truly free of the bandits that have been a tormenting aspect of the northern experience for decades.
Additional reporting : LindaIkejisblog.