The Gombe State Police Command on Tuesday paraded a 20-year-old man, Yusuf Umar from Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State, and 28-year-old Nasiru Hassam, of the Barunde Quarter, Gombe accused of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The police spokeswoman in the state, SP Mary Malum, while parading the suspects before journalists, said they were arrested after the police received and acted on credible intelligence.
She said: “The suspects criminally conspired and robbed one Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed, 72, of the Yelwa Quarter, Dadinkowa, of the sum of N200,000, kidnapped and kept him in the Dukul hills in the Kwami Local Government Area of the state and collected a ransom of N9m before releasing him after 19 days.
“Subsequently, suspects were arrested in the Keandon Liji area of the Yamaltu Deba Local Government Area. The suspects confessed to the crime and will soon be charged. Exhibits recovered from them included two mobile telephones.”
Also paraded were one Saleh Usman, alias Nagombe, 30 and Abdullahi Dangwamna, 35, from Balanga Local Government Area of the state for alleged criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
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According to Malum, police personnel and local hunters arrested them while their accomplices, Lawan Boda, Babangida, Iro and Niga, are however still at large and have been declared wanted by the police in connection with the case.
She said: “The suspects kidnapped one 53-year-old Pastor Husseini Umar, took him to an unknown destination after stealing some valuables from him, which amounted to N60,000; thereafter, they collected N6m as ransom from his family before he was released.
“The modus operandi of the hoodlums is using a member of the syndicate to trail and identify the house of their victims before they strike late in the night.”
Malum appealed to members of the public to give the police credible information about criminals and their hideouts to enable the command to act accordingly.
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