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Police intelligence team arrests bandits’ informants for aiding kidnapping of lawmaker’s wife, children

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
30 August 2022   |   4:02 am
Acting on credible tip-off, operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested a deadly kidnap-for-ransom gang who abducted the wife and two children of a serving lawmaker Hon. Ibrahim Aminu in Katsina State.

The suspects

Acting on credible tip-off, operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested a deadly kidnap-for-ransom gang who abducted the wife and two children of a serving lawmaker Hon. Ibrahim Aminu in Katsina State.
 
Sequel to the intelligence on the activities of the deadly criminal gangs by IRT operatives attached to the ‘Operation Restore Hope’ of the Force in Yankwani village and Kurani town, the team swung into action and arrested the suspects in their various hideouts.
  
IRT personnel arrested the key suspects Muttaka Ibrahim, Suleiman Rabiu, and Surajo all male and natives of Bakori Local Council for allegedly supplying the information that led to the assault on the lawmaker, where his family member’s were taken into captivity.
 


Police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, yesterday said: “During investigation, Muttaka Ibrahim confessed to the crime, saying that he and other gang members were informants to Sanni Tukur AKA Abacha, terrorising the people of the villages and towns in Katsina and Zamfara States.
 
“They were said to have volunteered information to the bandit leader leading to the kidnapping of Hon. Ibrahim Aminu’s wife and six others natives.

Other victims of the criminal gang include Buhari Usman, also known as Fedeco, Nazaradeen Ibrahim, Amandallah Ahmad, Ibrahim Suleiman, Sumayya Nura and Yahaya Bura, who are currently in the captivity of the gang.
 
“The kidnappers after abducting the wife of the lawmaker Rabi Yusuf and two of his male children all of Bakori LGA had demanded and received eleven million naira and ten million naira for his children at different times.
 
“Upon interrogation, the bandits’ informant Muttaka Ibrahim admitted haven got a payment of N130,000 from the gang leader, adding that one Yusuf Bala of Zaria is his accomplice.
 
“He also admitted that the bandit leader collected a total of six million five hundred thousand naira from the victims they kidnaped at Yankwani town.”
 
Narrating his ordeal, the lawmaker told police investigators that he paid a total sum of N37 million and N500,000 to the gang leader to secure his family member’s release from captivity.
 
“All the suspects are still undergoing investigation by the police and would be charged to court if found culpable.”