Kidnapping: SSS arrests suspects in military gear

The men of the Department of State Security Service (SSS), Kogi State Command, said on Wednesday that it had in the last few weeks arrested at least 10 suspected kidnappers terrorising the state.


Six of the suspects have been arraigned in court, while four others operating in full military combat uniforms paraded were to be arraigned on Wednesday.

Mr. Joseph Okpo, the state command director, who disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja, said that the command last week arrested four members of a six-man gang that had been terrorizing motorists along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.

According to him, those arrested included Haruna Saleh, Kabiru Shuaibu, Mumuni Adamu and Tukur Shuaibu, saying they specialised in robbery and kidnapping along major roads.

He said that they confessed to have been involved in some operations on the Maraba-Jos road, Malufashi on the Zaria-Kaduna and Jaji-Zaria roads, in full military uniform.

He explained that the suspects were apprehended on their way from Kaduna axis to link up with gang members in Obajana where they planned to engage in fresh operations.

The suspects he said were already giving leads on the source of the military uniforms, adding that the command has liased with the state command of the Nigeria Police to investigate the source.

He said upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to have been involved in six operations between the Ramadan period and the day they were arrested.

He said investigation revealed that most of the kidnappers operating in the state were from outside Kogi, lamenting that they were taking advantage of the geographical location and the route structure of the state.

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He however pledged that the command will continue to partner other security agencies to address the security challenges and “take advantage of the renewed zeal” of the state government to fight crime.


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