The Kaduna state Police Command has parades a village head among 38 other criminals who were arrested in various criminal hideouts in the state.
The hoodlums were arrested in continuation efforts of the State’s police aimed at flushing out criminals from their hideouts.
Speaking with pressmen today, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in kaduna state, Abubakar Sabo said, other Commands across the country have some peculiar security challenges amongst which are; armed banditry, Cattle rustling, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery and other violent crimes against law abiding citizens of the state, so also does the kaduna command.
The PPRO stated that, however, the Kaduna Command has succeeded in reducing the crimes within towns, villages and to a large extent, on major highways.
According to Sabo, “Recently, the Command has been relatively calm, as the bandits can no longer carry out any coordinated attack, largely due to our strategic deployment as well as the public support we receive which forces the criminals to resort to soft targets at outskirts and hamlets where there are no firm security structures”.
Sabo noted that the Command has intensified efforts towards ensuring safety and security of the populace through some coordinated raiding of criminal hideouts by gallant Operatives of the Command’s Anti Kidnapping Unit, SARS and the IGP’s Special Tactical Squad (STS) and IRT as well as active Community Engagement Initiative in line with the Inspector General of Police mandate on Community Policing.
These efforts, Sabo said, have gained some remarkable results which led to the arrest of thirty five (39) suspected criminals comprising of largely suspected Kidnappers, Armed Bandits, Armed Robbers, Culpable Homicide suspects, Cattle Rustlers and Internet Fraudsters among others and recovery of ten (10) AK47 Rifles, four (4) Pump Action, two (2) Locally Made Pistols, one (1) Locally Made Gun, 154 live Ammunition, seventeen (17) Cartridges, four (4) vehicles, four (4) Motorcycles and host of other recoveries.
He disclosed that some of the suspects confessed to series of kidnapping within and outside the state including the killing of police personnel and two other victims at Kangimi after collecting millions of naira as ransom.
“In view of the successes recorded and the drastic reduction in crime rate in the Command within the period under review, we cannot afford to relent in our effort to sustain the gains”, the PPRO said.
Meanwhile, amongst the 39 criminals arrested was a village head in Maraban Rido in Chikun Local Government Area of the state for allegedly working for kidnappers.
The PPRO disclosed that the arrested village head had confessed to giving informations to kidnappers about passengers plying Abuja and Chikun roads.
He added that the village head had also confessed to be aware of the killing of a policeman by the kidnappers after they had collected ransom.
Other suspects include a gang that killed two of their abductees after collecting N2.8 million ransom and two suspects linked with the recent kidnap of six female students and two teachers of Engravers College, Kaduna.
Speaking on the suspects, the police spokesman said the Village Head of Ungwan Luka, Samaila Luka works for kidnappers by giving them information and collecting a share after taking ransom to them.
He said the kidnappers whom the Village Head worked with, killed a policeman after taking ransom.
However, the village head, Luka while fielding questions from newsmen denied working for kidnappers, though he confessed being paid twice out of the three times he had taken ransom to the kidnappers.
According to him, “I have helped people to take ransom to the kidnappers three times. The first time, the kidnappers rewarded me with N100, 000, the second time, they gave me N50, 000, but the third time, they didn’t give me anything.
“I know nothing about the policemen the kidnappers killed. God and the police woman who was released are my witnesses. When I took the ransom to them, that was the third time I took ransom to the kidnappers, but after taking it, they refused to give me the policeman.
“Me and the other policewoman cried and begged them, but they refused, they said, the policeman use to insult them”.
“That day, they even collected my phone and they didn’t give me money that day”, he said.
Though, he confessed that, he never reported to police that kidnappers gave him share of the ransom.
Luka said, he never knew the kidnappers before.