The Nigeria Police have arrested 31 members of six armed gangs operating in villages, towns along Abuja-Kaduna-BirninGwari- Funta- Zamfara state.
DCP, the Force spokesman, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, who disclosed this on Monday, stated in a statement that their arrest followed the reinforcement of Operations Absolute Sanity with the deployment of more operatives and investigators of IGP Special Tactical Squad.
He said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim K. Idris had last month expressed concern about the new surge in violent crimes particularly kidnapping, killings, armed robberies of innocent commuters/travellers and villagers along the route, noting he had mandated the squad to unravel and arrest those behind the heinous and dastard acts, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“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,” said Mr. Moshood.
According to him, the gangs were responsible for the kidnap of Sheik Mohammed Ahmed Alqarkawi in Kaduna State and collection of N12 million (Twelve Million Naira) ransom before he was released.
Weapons recovered from the members of the gangs are: Twenty two (22) AK 47 Rifles; One (1) LAR Rifle; Two (2) single Barrel Guns; One (1) locally made Pistol and One (1) Dane Gun and Two hundred and forty seven (247) round of ammunition were recovered from them.