The State Safety Companies (SSS) has arrested 17 suspected kidnappers, gunrunners and cultists terrorizing Kaduna and Katsina States.
The Public Relations Officer of the service, Peter Afunanya, stated in a press release in Abuja that 5 of the suspects had been arrested on October 25 in Riga Chikun, Kaduna state. Afunanya gave the names of the suspects as Isa Ahmadu (gang chief), Suleiman Umar (ransom negotiator), Ibrahim Mallam, Ishaku Saidu aka Ishe and Mansur (Mallam.
He stated after a preliminary investigation, the group’s hideout in Katsina State was raided, which led to the arrest of two different members, Muhammadu Ibrahim and Muhammed Isa. He stated earlier on October 19, one other suspected kidnapper, Sirajo Ibrahim was arrested at Hayin Danmni, Igabi Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State.
The general public relations officer stated the service had additionally arrested the duo of Abubakar Umar and Suleiman Sani for alleged gun working. Mr Afunanya stated the suspects had been arrested on October 30 at Sainyinan, Yabo Native Authorities Space of Sokoto State. He additionally stated between October 11 and 12, 4 suspected armed bandits working round Zamfara State had been arrested in Bakura, Tsafe and Bugundu Native Authorities Areas of the state. He named the suspected bandits as Dan-Alhaji, Dan-Mineri,Yusuf Khalif and Musa (Mallam).
The spokesperson added that the service, in collaboration with the army, additionally arrested Muhammed Aminu, one other suspected gunrunner and his confederate, Dare Okunwola, aka boda. Afunanya stated the suspect was arrested in Lere Native Authorities Space and Agindi, Jos, in Kaduna state and Plateau respectively. He stated throughout a search at Okunwola`s residence, a number of ammunition and eight AK-47 rifles had been recovered.