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Ten suspected kidnappers, three gun runners arrested in Nasarawa

Mr Nansel said 13 suspected cultists were also arrested within the period, while three firearms and 497 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

• May 24, 2023
Ramhan Nansel
Ramhan Nansel [Photo Credit: Newstrends]

The police command in Nasarawa State said on Wednesday that it arrested 10 suspected kidnappers and three gun runners in the State.

DSP Ramhan Nansel, the state police public relations officer, said this at the command’s headquarters in Lafia.

He said the feat was recorded during various operations across the state between April 30 and May 23.

Mr Nansel said 13 suspected cultists were also arrested within the period, while three firearms and 497 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

According to the PPRO, three suspected kidnappers from Doka in Kaduna state, Tunga and Awe in Nasarawa State were arrested in Tunga village on April 30, with 155 rounds of live ammunition.

“Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed that they were sent by one Idris from Katsina State to purchase ammunition at Ibi, Taraba State, before they were arrested at Tunga village.

“A follow-up investigation by men of the command’s anti-kidnapping unit led to the arrest of Idris, father of one of the suspects from Kankara in Katsina State, where one AK-47 rifle, one magazine and 323 rounds of live ammunition were recovered,’’ he said.

Mr Nansel added that three members of a gun-running syndicate were arrested on May 15, at about 2:00 p.m. in Assakio near Lafia, trying to buy three AK47 rifles with N 1.1 million.

He said two suspects from Quan’pan Local Government Area in Plateau and Assakio in Lafia were arrested in Assakio while trying to seal the deal.

The PPRO said that upon interrogation, the suspect confessed he was contracted by another suspect in Assakio to source the weapon.

He said all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution upon the conclusion of the investigation.


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