Police Parade Kidnappers of Former Foreign Minister, Hirse

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on Monday paraded six suspects over the kidnap of Ambassador Bagudu Hirse, a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah while parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, said the gang was smashed with the arrest of Dominic Nwakpa, who is the gang leader, in Lagos state.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had announced last week of the arrest of the suspects.
Briefing journalists, Awunah, said the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, (IRT) and other Special Tactical Squads in a coordinated operation based on intelligence gathered cracked the kidnap gang and arrested all its members.
Ambassador Hirse was kidnapped in Kaduna on 20th November 2016 and regained his freedom on the 26th November 2016, five days after he was kidnapped.
The Police gave the names of the suspects arrested to include; Dominic Nwakpa Gang leader, Ifeanyi Chukwu 2nd in command of the gang and Balat Paul Driver of the gang.
Others are Ibrahim Samuel, Jatau Peter a dismissed Police man, Clinton Abere and Afini Paul younger sister to the driver of the gang and also owner of the house where kidnapped victims are kept.
Awunah said the Police recovered firearms, ammunition, military and police uniforms and two operational vehicles from the kidnappers.
He explained that four principal suspects and members of the gang; Balat Paul, Ibrahim Samuel and Jatau Peter were arrested on the 1st January, 2017 in their hideouts at Dan Hassan Road Ungwa Boro Kaduna, while Afini Paul, a female member who cooks for the gang and the victims, rented the house at Yusuf Patrick close, Mararaba Rido, Kaduna, was arrested at their hideout in Kaduna.
Awunah said Ifeanyi Chukwu the 2nd in command of the gang was arrested in a Hotel in Agbor Hill, area of Abia State.
He is said to have confessed to be the second in command of the gang that kidnapped the Ambassador and so many other kidnappings within and outside Kaduna, Abia, Imo, Rivers, and Delta States.
The Police said the suspects volunteered confessional statements admitting they kidnapped the former Minister of State for foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse on 20th November, 2016 in GRA, Kaduna and collected ransom before he was released.
“The same gang confessed to the kidnap of Dr. Abdulmalik Durunguwa and his wife in their residence at different intervals in Kaduna. Ransom was also collected by the gang from the family of the victims before they were released.
He said: “A Member of Kaduna State House of Assembly Hon. Ibrahim Samaila was also kidnapped by the gang on 26/8/2016 at Abakpa area of Kaduna State and undisclosed ransom money was collected by the gang before his release.”
Awunah said the seventh suspect Clinton Abere was trailed and arrested in a Hotel in Lagos after jumping out of the window of his hotel room on sighting operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
He is said to be currently receiving treatment at Police Hospital from injury he sustained in the process of attempting to escape arrest.
He said all seven suspects have admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes, and will be arraigned in court at the end of investigation.
A member of the gang, Maisamari Dan-Katsina, fielding questions from newsmen confessed to being a retired Police man who received the arms from Sergeant Bulus Jatau a dismissed policeman.
Sergeant Bulus also confessed to have been serving in the Police Mounted troop unit in Kaduna, where he was able to get the firearms and ammunition recovered from them.
Items recovered from the suspects are two English made Pump Action Guns, 131 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, police camouflage uniform and two military fez caps, two operational vehicles, one handset phone used for negotiation and collection of ransom, a red face mask, anti -car tracking device and one black criminal charm jacket.

Author: News Editor

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