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Police arrest three for alleged kidnapping, possession of firearms in Niger

The kidnappers said that they abducted 10 victims, while N2.6 million was collected by the syndicate as ransom before their release.

• November 14, 2022
Niger State Police commissioner
Niger CP, Monday Bala Kuryas

The police in Niger says it has arrested three suspects for alleged kidnapping, possession of firearms and false impersonation in different parts of the state.

Police spokesman in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, said this in a statement in Minna on Monday.

Mr Abiodun said that on November 1, police operatives attached to Bangi Division raided a shop of one Chinedu Makata of Enugu State who resides in Bangi, Mariga LGA of Niger.

During the raid, 47 wraps of suspected cannabis sativa and some other suspected hard drugs were recovered from the shop.

In the process of effecting the arrest of the said shop owner, he pulled out a locally made gun and threatened to shoot the police operatives.

However, he was later disarmed and arrested by the police team. He said that the suspect had been arraigned in court for prosecution.

Similarly, police operatives attached to the Intelligence Unit of the command, arrested one Clement Joseph of Koropka in Chanchaga LGA of the state.

The suspect was arrested for parading himself as a medical doctor and deceitfully collected N250,000 from someone under false pretence of a fake online business.

During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and said that he had carnal knowledge of four other female victims.

He confessed that he impregnated one of the victims while he conspired with one Aliyu presently at large and aborted a pregnancy of one other victim.

Similarly, police operatives attached to Lapai Division arrested one , in Lapai Local Government Area of the state.

He was arrested for being suspected to be a member of a kidnapping syndicate terrorizing Gurara and Lapai local government areas.

During interrogation, he confessed that between May 2021 and August 2022, he conspired with one Sidi Buba, Shehu, Abubakar, Kura-Kura and Chede, of no fixed address, to invade Gurara Dam Site and Maijaki village in Gurara Local Government Area.

Operating with three AK47 rifles, the suspect said that they kidnapped 10 victims, while N2.6 million was collected by the syndicate as ransom before their release.

He further confessed that in August 2022, he contacted one Shehu of Saminaka village via Lapai, to purchase five soft drinks, five packets of cigarettes and two loaves of bread for him to take to his gang members in their hideout.

He said that the suspect has been arraigned in court for prosecution.


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