…As Police arrest 10 suspects over alleged kidnapping, robbery in Niger State***
A university don, Prof. Aliyu Mohammed of the Department of Agriculture, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, has been kidnapped and his son, Abdulaziz killed by gunmen.
The don, who is also the Wazirin Wusasa, was abducted Sunday night at Wusasa, Zaria, Kaduna State.
Mr Usman Aliyu, son of the kidnapped professor, confirmed to newsmen in Zaria that the incident took place on Sunday at about 10.30 p.m.
He said besides kidnapping his father and killing one of his brothers, they also shot Malam Abubakar Kabir, who is a younger brother to the deceased (Abdulaziz Aliyu).
Aliyu said no sooner than he returned to the family house at 10.30 p.m on Sunday, he heard sudden gunshots and took cover by hiding somewhere in the compound.
According to him, when the gunshots stopped, he called out to one of his younger brothers who informed him that they (gunmen) had killed their brother and kidnapped their father.
He said the deceased had already been buried according to Islamic rites while the one shot was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
Alhaji Ahmad Amfani, the Ward Head of Kuregu, Wusasa, said the community-made effort to reach some security agencies, but their effort was not successful as none responded to the distress call.
The state police command is yet to react to the development.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has also confirmed the report through its Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan.
Aruwan said in a statement on Monday that intelligence information said the bandits kidnapped Mohammed and killed his son.
In another development, the Police Command in Niger says it has arrested 10 suspects from different parts of the state over alleged kidnapping, armed robbery, and being in possession of Indian Hemp.
The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed this in a statement issued in Minna on Monday.
Abiodun, said that police operatives attached to the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the command, during a patrol along Gwada-Shiroro on Dec. 24, 2020, arrested four kidnap suspects at about 6 p.m.
He said two of the suspects were arrested with a sum of N1.5 million in their possession.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be members of an armed bandits gang terrorising Kussasu/ Galadima Kogo area of Shiroro Local Government Area.
“The money was proceeds from ransom and sale of rustled cattle which they were sent to transfer to one Ishaku and Adamu both of Kagarko, Kaduna State.
He explained that the two other suspects are motorcyclists who specialised in transporting the hoodlums from one point to another.
Similarly, the PPRO said that at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2020, police operatives attached to Ibbi Division while on patrol along Ibbi/New-Bussa road, arrested three other suspects and found about N1.7 million in their possession.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed that the money was the proceeds shared from ransom of about three victims kidnapped from Nasko and Mashegu,” the PPRO said.
He also said that on Jan. 13, two kidnap suspects were arrested at about 5 p.m. by the police in collaboration with the vigilante group during a routine patrol along Bangi-Wamba road.
He said the suspects were arrested with an unregistered Bajaj motorcycle and two locally fabricated revolver rifles.
Abiodun said that one of the suspects attempted to escape during interrogation and was shot.
He said the suspected later died and his corpse was deposited at General Hospital Bangi, Mariga Local Government Area of the state.
Also, the PPRO said police operatives attached to Sarkin-Pawa division, at about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 12, arrested two suspects along Sarkin-Pawa-Minna road with an unregistered Bajaj motorcycle.
“During search, one bag of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, 16 sachets of Dizapam drugs, 2 hypnox drugs 3 wrap of AXL drugs, 1Tecno phone and a sum of N10,000 were found on them.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have bought the bag and the drugs at the rate of N50,000 from one Isah at Tudun Natsira uphill, Maitunbi to sell at Kaffin-Koro,” he said.
He said that efforts were being made to arrest the alleged seller.
The PPRO said that all the suspects would be charged to courts as soon as investigations were concluded.