The police in Kano State on Friday paraded 100 suspected criminals including five men they described as notorious kidnappers.
Police Commissioner Ahmed Illyasu who paraded the suspects told reporters in Kano that the Command’s Anti Kidnapping Squad through Operation Puff Adder tracked and arrested the five alleged kidnapper kingpins after threatening one Sani Yahaya of Goron Dutse quarters through text messages
He said: “on August 21, a letter of complaint was received from one Ibrahim Muhammad of Sani Majnagge Quarters, Gwale Local Government Area Kano that an SMS text message was sent to him threatening him that his son would be kidnapped.
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“Puff Adder operatives attached to the Command’s Anti Kidnapping Squad were immediately drafted and swung into action.
“One Hamisu Abdullahi alias Baban Gandu aged 37 years and Yusuf Abubakar 48 years were arrested. Suspects confessed to have conspired and extorted the sum of N120,000 from the complaint and would soon be charged to Court.”
Iliyasu added: “based on technical intelligence, the special Anti-Robbery squad of operation Puff-Adder, Miyyetti Allah arrested one Saidu Abdullahi and four others at Falgore forest, Doguwa Local Government Area.
“Suspects confessed to have been involved in a series of armed robbery and kidnapping and mentioned other members of their syndicate now at large.”
Five other suspects were alleged to have stolen 124 solar batteries and vandalized a mast .