SUSPECTED VICIOUS AND NOTORIOUS KIDNAPPERS/ ARMED ROBBERY GANGS, TERRORIZING ABUJA – MINNA AND ABUJA – KADUNA HIGHWAYS
Following reinforcement of Operation Absolute Sanity on Abuja-Minna Highway with more personnel of Special Tactical Squad and additional two (2) units of Special Police Forces by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to tackle the gangs of Kidnappers that escaped arrest on Abuja–Kaduna Highway and relocated to Niger State, the above suspects were arrested in their hideouts and camps where some of their victims were rescued and the listed firearms, ammunition, Army Camouflage Uniforms and operational Vehicles of the kidnappers were recovered from them.
2. In the operation that is still ongoing, four (4) different vicious and notorious Kidnap for ransom gangs including those dealing in illegal possession of prohibited fire arms were dislodged and busted. Also arrested is a gang that is responsible for the killings of some security personnel on Kaduna–Abuja road and Abuja–Lokoja road recently. They equally confessed to have raped some of their victims. A total number of thirty one (31) suspected kidnappers / Armed Robbers were arrested in the operation. They confessed to the offence and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.
3. While the operation is being sustained, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the zones and commands to introduce new strategies in curbing kidnappings and other violent crimes on the highways and major roads in other states of the country. They are also to beef up security in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) and ensure massive deployment of Armed Police Personnel, Patrol Teams and undercover operatives to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots to nip in the bud all forms of crimes and criminality nationwide and make sure that detection of crimes are prompt to serve as effective deterrent to who-will-be criminals. The ongoing raids on criminal hideouts will be sustained throughout the country.
4. The Inspector General of Police wishes to extend appreciations and gratitude to the communities, towns and villages along Abuja – Kaduna and Abuja – Minna highways for the supports and assistance being rendered in terms of prompt information and complaints to the Police Personnel deployed in their localities that have led to so many successes for the Nigeria Police Force.
*FIVE (5) SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS DEAD DURING EXCHANGE OF FIRE WITH THE POLICE PERSONNEL ATTACH TO OPERATION ABSOLUTE SANITY
* THE POLICE LOST SGT SHETTIMA ABDULAHI WHEN THE TEAM CAME UNDER AMBUSH ATTACK BY THE SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS ON THE EARLY HOURS OF 26TH SEPTEMBER, 2017.
The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to reduce crimes and criminality in the country is yielding positive results and remains unwavering.