By Christopher Oji
It was harvest of arrests as the Police rounded up 26 notorious armed robbery/kidnap suspects among who were killers of a six-year-old girl and an Immigration officer.
Friday Domozu, 23, a native of Jarkama Village, Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State is the leader of the kidnap gang responsible for the abduction and killing of a six- year -old, Farida Yahaya , at the Gabije Area of Kogi State on November, 2,2020.
The victim was abducted alongside one Abdulraheem, 14, who narrowly escaped from the kidnappers den.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) CP Frank Mba who paraded the suspects in Abuja ,said “Investigations by the Police team revealed that the kidnappers demanded a huge sum as ransom from the family of the little girl before she could be released, but eventually killed her owing to the inability of the family to meet up with their demands.
” Efforts by the Police team to rescue the little girl led to the arrest of the principal suspect, Friday Domozu ,who led the police team to a deep forest at Gabije area of Kogi State where the remains of the little girl were recovered. The Police Team also exhumed the decomposing body of another victim later found to be that of Ibrahim Madaki, 40 ,earlier declared missing. The remains of the victims have been deposited for autopsy. Friday Domozu also revealed to the police that he is an ex-military trainee who was declared unfit and subsequently withdrawn 5-months into training based on medical grounds. Efforts are being intensified to arrest his gang members still at large.
“Similarly, the Police Team arrested one Halidu Usman ‘m’ of Akwanga, Nasarawa State, the gang leader of the group responsible for the killing of an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, Late ACI Salisu Usman, at Gudi area in Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State on June 15, 2020. The suspects stormed the house of the victim, killed him and his younger sister, Sa’adatu Usman, a final year medical student of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State. The killers also abducted the wife of the victim, Asmau Salisu and collected ransom from the family before her release. The suspect is assisting the police in the investigations and arrest of other members of the group still at large.
“Police operatives also arrested four kidnap/armed robbery gang members responsible for the recent series of kidnapping of some staff of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and their families. The gang members; Abubakar Aliyu( a.k.a Maigiwa), ‘m’ 27, Aliyu Bello ,18, Ishaku Kabiru,30, and Abubakar Yakubu (a.k.a Dogo )23, were arrested following police investigations and rescue operations for the kidnap victims. The arrest of Abubakar Aliyu (a.k.a Maigiwa )led to the arrest of the other three gang members. Abubakar Aliyu is a security staff of ABU Zaria who provided information to the gang on the movement and lifestyle of the victims. Some of the victims were rescued during the operation and reunited with their families.
“Also, in a follow-up on investigations and information provided by a kidnap victim who identified and raised alarm on citing one Ibrahim Idris (a.k.a Naira) as a member of the gang responsible for his kidnap and collection of ransom before his release, the Police on January,7, 2020 arrested the suspect which led to the arrest of two other gang members; Abubakar Yusuf( a.k.a Ndalati) 42, and Abubakar Ahmodu , 20. Investigations revealed that Abubakar Ahmodu, is responsible for spying on and identifying potential victims of kidnap for the gang. As a matter of fact, he provided intimate details about his father which led to the kidnap and eventual extortion of a ransom of Two Million naira from his biological father”
Mba said that the suspects would soon be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.
According to him, the Inspector -General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has reiterated the commitment of the Force to cracking down on perpetrators of violent crimes in the country.
” The IGP expresses his sincere appreciation to the citizens for the useful information they avail the police with which no doubt have continued to yield positive outcomes as seen in the arrest of the twenty-five suspects. He seeks further cooperation and assures that the Force will remain resolute to ensuring a safe and more secure country for all”.