By Friday Idachaba
The Police on Wednesday in Lokoja paraded 30 inter-state armed theft and kidnap suspects terrorising Kogi and the neighbouring states.
Parading the suspects, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood (CSP) stated these arrested included some who allegedly kidnapped and killed an expatriate engineer with Dangote Cement Company.
Moshood stated on the Kogi Police Command headquarters that the arrests have been in response to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris’ directive to rid the nation of crime.
“The IGP directed the Commissioner of Police within the state, Ali Said Hangs to rapidly handle armed theft, kidnapping, social miscreants, cattle rustling, cultism on Auchi-Okene-Lokoja, Lokoja-Ajaokuta-Anyigba, Kabba-Oshokoshoko-Obajana highways.
“Effort of the commissioner and his crew via vigour, dedication, utmost professionalism and keenness for the job, led to the arrest of the 30 suspected criminals and restoration of a number of weapons, he stated.
He stated 4 of the suspects have been alleged to have on Oct. 23, kidnapped an expatriate, Mr Jose Machada, a building engineer with Dangote Cement Company, Obajana.
Moshood stated that the suspects killed the expatriate when the ransom they demanded was not forthcoming.
“Police operatives connected to Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Kogi State Command, in synergy with the DSS promptly swung into motion and arrested the 4 suspects,’’ he stated.
He stated one of many suspects killed a senior employees of Dangote Group of Companies, Istifanus Bello, for allegedly making an attempt to shortchange his kidnap gang.
The firm employee was stated to have been killed for paying them N5 million as a substitute of N7 million ransom for the discharge of one other employees earlier kidnapped by the suspect and his gang.
The police picture maker stated two different suspects have been arrested on Kano street, Idah, for terrorising the residents via cultism whereas one other was arrested in Okene for kidnapping and cattle rustling.
He famous that in interrogation the suspects confessed to taking part within the killing one Haruna Baso, a resident of Achoze, and carting away the cattle of the deceased.
Moshood listed gadgets recovered from them to incorporate, 11 AK-47 rifles, two Beretta pistols, two Revolver pistols, 334 rounds of AK-47 dwell ammunition, a dagger, a cutlass and navy camouflage uniforms.
The drive public relations officer stated the suspects would quickly be prosecuted and known as on dad and mom to observe their wards.
He additionally appealed to the general public to help safety brokers with helpful data to trace down criminals.