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Police arrest 3 suspected kidnappers disguised as NDLEA officers in Jigawa


A National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) official walks past rooms searched for evidence at a clandestine methamphetamine lab busted by the NDLEA in November in Obinugwu village in southeast Nigeria, on November 22, 2018. – With access to lucrative markets to the south and east, and aided by porous borders and corrupt law enforcement, experts warn Nigeria is fast becoming a major player in the global methamphetamine market. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

Jigawa police command has said it arrested three kidnap suspects in Hadejia LGA of the state.


“On May 32, 2021 at about 1000hrs, one Cyprian Okechuku of Quarters reported at Hadejia ‘A’ division that on the same date at about 0800hrs, some hoodlums numbering about three in Volkswagen Golf car, light green in colour, came to his house, disguised as NDLEA personnel and forcefully tried to take him to their office,” the command spokesperson, Lawan Shiisu, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The victim observed that they were holding a locally made pistol which did not look like a government-issued arm.”

Shiisu further stated that the suspects disguised as personnel of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and attempted to forcefully take the victim to their office.


He further stated that the victim raised alarm and began to struggle with them when good samaritans heard his call and quickly came to his aid.

“The suspects were overpowered and disarmed but they were able to escape.”

Shiisu said during their investigation, one of the victim’s neighbours confirmed that the same suspects, had earlier been to the house of the victim a night before the incident, asking about his whereabouts.


He said the locally-made pistol was recovered from the scene of the crime.

Shiisu said three suspects — Mujahid Muhammad; Shahid Ibrahim, and Haidar Muhammad-Kabir — were later arrested through investigations and the description given by the victim.


“Also, the said motor vehicle was recovered in their possession,” he said.

The police spokesman said an investigation into the case was ongoing and efforts to trace and arrest other members of the gang and their arms dealer are in top gear.


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