The Kogi State Police Command on Tuesday paraded five suspected kidnappers over their involvement in the abduction of mother of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
The governor’s mother, Hawawu Bello, was kidnapped in 2014 by a former councilor in the state, Hon. Iliyasu Suleiman and other members of the gang.
Other suspects paraded are – Danjuma Ibrahim, Iliyasu Obadaki, Alhaji Nasiru, Hafiz Yakubu and Mohammed Jamiu, who was killed during a gun duel with Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives.
Items recovered from the suspects were two AK 47 rifle, 20 live cartridges, army uniforms, two plastic guns, three sharp knives, one axe and assorted charms.
Briefing journalists about their operations, the Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood said the suspects were also responsible for other kidnappings and robberies in Abuja, Niger and Kogi States.
He said: “The Operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) swung into action after the earlier arrest of Danladi Ibrahim in follow up to his confession on several robberies and kidnappings in Abuja, Kogi, and Niger States including the kidnapping of Governor Yahaya Bello’s mother in Okene, Kogi State, in 2014.
“The IRT teams were deployed to Kogi State and eventually three more members of the deadly kidnapping gang were arrested in Okene.
“Hon. Suleiman is a native of Okene town and former Councillor in Okene He is the leader of the gang that abducted the governor’s mother.
“Danjuma Ibrahim was arrested by IRT personnel. He confessed to other several kidnappings and armed robberies in Abuja, Niger and Kogi States and after a painstaking investigation, his confession led to the arrest of two more of his kidnap gang members in Okene, Iliyasu Obadaki and Iliyasu Suleiman.
“Iliyasu Obadaki was arrested in Okene, a member of the kidnap gang.
Alhaji Nasiru is a native of Inike village in Suleman, Niger State. He is a member of Danjuma’s robbery gangs and keeps custody of the gang’s arms and ammunition.
“Hafiz Yakubu was arrested in Okene for several robberies and part of the gang while the last member of the gang, Jamiu was killed during gun duel.”
He said the suspects confessed to committing the crime, adding that efforts are being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.