The Special Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Police has arrested thirty one bandits responsible for kidnap, killings, armed robberies of innocent travellers and villagers in villages and towns along Abuja, Kaduna and Zamfara State respectively.
In a press statement on Monday, 3rd September, 2018 in Tafa, Kargako Local Government of Kaduna State by the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag DCP Jimoh O. Moshood, he said that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris concerned with the new surge in violent crimes in villages and towns along Abuja- Kaduna – Birnin Gwari- Funtua – Zamfara State few weeks back, re-gird operations Absolute Sanity with the deployment of more operatives and investigators of IGP Special Tactical Squad under the leadership of DCP Kolo Yusuf, to unravel and arrest those behind the heinous and dastardly acts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The Force spokesperson further reiterated that the Special Tactical Squad was mandated by the Inspector General of Police to flush out these new set of bandits and adopt a new Crime prevention and control strategies to bring in new impetus to the fight against banditry and other violent crimes that have claimed the lives of many innocent Nigerians in FCT, Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, Kogi, Benue, and Some parts of Plateau States.
The armed bandits, including Three Commanders has killed innocent people in Zamfara State including the kidnap of Sheik Mohammed Ahmed Alqarkawi in Kaduna State and collection of Twelve Million Naira ransom before he was released according to DCP Jimoh Moshood.
Among the exhibits recovered from the bandits include; Twenty Two AK 47 Rifles, One LAR Rifle, Two single Barrel Guns, One Locally made Pistol and One Dane Gun and Two Hundred and Forty Seven round of Ammunition, a Toyota Corolla and a Rav 4 Jeep.
“Most of the suspects confessed to the criminal roles they played including the ambush and killing of four Police men attached to IRT in Kaduna State while most of the victims, some of whom were rescued from their captivities have equally identified them as those responsible for the kidnaps, armed robberies and snatching of their vehicles.
According to DCP Jimoh Moshood, he said that the IGP Special Tactical Squad since inception on the 26th June, 2016 by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has arrested more than One Thousand suspects for direct involvement in kidnappings, armed robberies, cattle rustling, killings of innocent Nigerians etc in mostly States of Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi.
“Virtually all the suspects were arraigned in court and most of them convicted while others were remanded to Prison custody and their trials ongoing, the statement concluded.