The Niger state Police Command has arrested two suspected kidnappers and as many informants and food suppliers in Paikoro local government council.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement in Minna said the arrest of the two suspected kidnappers, in addition to the seizure of about N2.1 million at Lambata, led to the breakthrough.
According to him, operatives attached to Gawu-Babangida Division arrested one Ibrahim Ali (AKA Bajala), 25, from Gwalo village in Paikoro Local Government Council in his hideout. They also caught a suspected informant and food supplier working for the arrested kidnappers.
During interrogation, the alleged informant confessed to the crime, admitting that he was always looking out for possible targets for the kidnappers, in addition to helping the hoodlums purchase foodstuff, such as rice, beans, millet, cigarettes and alcohol of all sorts.
The suspect was arrested with some quantity of raw rice and beans, which he said he wanted to take to the kidnappers’ hideout in Gwalo forest before their arrest.
The Niger state Police Command has also arrested a suspected ritualists, Abdulrahman Woru, a citizen of Benin Republic residing in Banana area of Borgu Local Government Council. Mr Woru was allegedly found to be in possession of a human skull.
According to the state PPRO, DSP Abiodun, all the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Writing by Aliyu Lawal; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Tony Okerafor