The Police may have made a major breakthrough in the arrest of a gang that Kidnapped Sierra Leonean envoy to Nigeria, Major-General Alfred Nelson-Williams (retd), on June 30, along Abuja Kaduna Expressway.
Parading the 11 suspects on Tuesday, at the Police Headquarters in Abuja, the Police said they were arrested through intelligence report.
Police spokesman, Don Awunah, confirmed the arrest of the 11 suspects.
Abuja-Abuja Expressway has gained notoriety for accidents and high profile cases of Kidnapping in recent times.
Nelson-Williams was freed on July 5th, 2016 after massive operations by police to rescue the diplomat.
Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuju, Awunah said operatives of the Force have dismantled the kidnapping network in Kaduna and environs.
He said in a coordinated operation based on intelligence and technical support, the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigerian Police smashed the 11-man kidnap gang.
Awunah explained that the dare devil criminal gang was responsible for the abduction of the Sierra-Leonean Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Major General Alfred Claude-Nelson on June 30, 2016, the Executive Director of Dangote Group,a mong others, in recent times.
He noted that: “The modus operandi of these criminal elements includes mounting road blocks on highways in military uniforms, surprise attack on unsuspecting motorists and relocating from one point to other in the forest with their victims to avoid detection and arrest.”
He added that: “To this end, the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the IGP Monitoring Unit, the Nigeria Police on July 2, 2016 carried out tactical surveillance of the Abuja-Kaduna axis and all the adjoining States.”
He said the coordinated operation led to the arrest of the notorious gang.
Awunah said the suspected kidnappers in Police custody are: Alhaji Rabiu Yusuf, aged 45 years is the Gang Leader, Garba Abubakar also known as Habu, aged 27 years is the second in command of the gang, Yusuf Adamu, Hussaini Musa and Shuaibu Idris are also members of the gang.
Others are: Usman Bello, Musa Ali, Muhammadu Abubakar, Suleiman Abubakar, Gambo Ibrahim, and Balarabe Mohammadu.
Awunah said the police operatives also recovered three AK 47 rifles; three AK 47 rifle magazines loaded with ninety rounds of ammunition and two sets of military camouflage uniforms.