The Police Command in Kaduna State, Northwestern Nigeria, have arrested five suspected kidnappers in the state.
Muhammad Jalige, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, announced the arrest in a statement on Wednesday.
Jalige said the arrest was made after the command received a Pambeguwa village resident’s complaint on Dec. 30, 2020, claiming that his sibling had not returned since he travelled to Delta State on Dec. 9.
According to the complainant, all efforts to reach him through his mobile phone number did not yield any result.
The police spokesperson added that the complainant further stated that on Dec. 12, 2020, he received a phone call via an anonymous number, informing him that his brother was in the caller’s custody and was demanding the sum of N4 million as a ransom for his release.
According to Jalige, the abductors failed to release the victim even after the family paid the ransom.
Instead, they demanded an additional N1 million that the family sent but could still not secure the victim’s release.
Jalige added that upon receipt of the complaint, the command immediately swung into action, using the available intelligence and technical support, and succeeded in arresting one suspect in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau connected with the incident.
“Upon interrogation, he mentioned his accomplices and equally confirmed that they have since killed the victim,” he said.
“In a bid to ensure that justice is served, as it has always been, the investigation was further expanded, using the available information from the first suspect in custody.”
“This equally yielded result, thus leading to the arrest of the other four suspects in Delta, Niger and Kano states.”
He noted that the suspects had confessed to being involved in the kidnapping and killing of the victim and other kidnapping incidents before the present one.
Jalige said that concerted efforts were being made to apprehend the four remaining suspects currently on the run as the investigation had commenced.
He said that those arrested would be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.
The police, he said, urged all residents of the state to promptly report any suspicious disappearance of their loved ones and wards to the nearest police station for immediate action.
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