The Plateau State Police Command has apprehended 11 suspected kidnappers believed to have been behind attacks on the staff quarters of the state polytechnic, Heipang.
The 11 suspected kidnappers were among 40 suspected criminals arrested by the state police comkidnamand and paraded in Jos on Thursday.
The suspects had raised the staff quarters three times this year, abducting residents, who were latter released after the payment of ransom.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, who paraded the suspects, alongside others at the Command’s headquarters in Jos on Thursday, gave their names as Bashiru Mohammed, Umar Adamu, Yusuf Adamu, Mustapha Mohammed and Shaibu Ado.
Others, according to him, were Dantani Umar, Samaila Saranu Shitu, Adamu Mohammed, Hashimu Ya’u, Jibiro Damuna and Abubakar Hassan, all males.
The Commissioner said: “The Command, after a painstaking analysis of the intelligence at its disposal, carried out a well-coordinated and sweeping raid of the hideouts of some kidnap suspects and that resulted in the arrest of eleven of them.
“During interrogation, Bashiru Mohammed and Umar Adamu confessed to have kidnapped a lot of persons and both mentioned Yusuf Adamu, Hashimu Ya’u, Mustapha Mohammed and Shaibu Ado as members of their syndicate responsible for the kidnap at Plateau State Polytechnic Staff Quarters, Haipang on 21/02/2019, Zawan and other places in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. They further confessed that Bassa, Barkin Ladi and Mangu Local Government Areas have been their areas of operation.
“They also informed the Police during interrogation that they have also operated in Jos Metropolis. Similarly, Jibiro Damina and Dantani Umar confessed to being responsible for the kidnappings at Jengre axis of Bassa LGA. Investigation is still ongoing, the suspects will be charged to court soon”
The Commissioner further disclosed that his men recovered a sack containing three AK-47 rifles from hoodlums after policemen foiled a kidnap operation at a village in Shendam Local Government Area of the state.
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