Three persons have been arrested in connection with the kidnap of the Permanent Secretary of the Adamawa State Ministry of Mineral Resources, Emmanuel Piridimso.
Piridimso, who was kidnapped on July 10, was released by his abductors about 5 days later after an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom.
The Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sulaiman Yahaya, confirmed to The Nation that three of four wanted suspects have been caught.
Yahaya gave the name of one of them as Adamu Ahmadu but said he needed further information from his fieldsmen to be able to name the two others.
He said that after the incident, the Commissioner of Police deployed men from anti-kidnap unit, men from IGP Rapid Response Unit and men from state CID and intelligence department to trace the suspects.
“While the operation was on, the kidnappers got information that we were after them and so released the victim.
“After we got the victim to make a statement, we extracted useful information, including a phone number which our intelligence department used to trace one suspect, a resident of Jimeta in Yola North Local Government Area,” the PPRO said.
He added that the police established the first identified suspect had a form of relationship with the permanent secretary as both used to meet in certain places.
That enabled him to be the linkman who got the kidnappers into the permanent secretary’s house.
The PPRO said on the arrest and interrogation of the first identified suspect, he mentioned three others.
While two were arrested in Maijaro village in Song LGA, one is still at large.
“The three we have in our custody have confessed committing the crime,” he said, disclosing that the police had recovered three fabricated AK 47 rifles from them.
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