The kidnappers were arrested by the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Rivers State Police Command, led by SP Ndifreke Iwok.
This follows up report of 8 suspected kidnappers who were arrested in Katsina State. This was disclosed in a statement by the command’s spokesman, DSP Gambo Isa. Isa said that four of the suspects, Joshua Yohanna, 22; Musa Ibrahim, 25; Nafiu Umar, 32; and Kabir Lawal, 28; were arrested in Kafur Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesman said the suspects, through a phone call, threatened to kidnap and kill one Haruna Bello and Nuhu Yusuf of Gozaki town if they refused to pay a ransom of three million Naira.
He said: “the victims have already sent N300,000 to them with a promise of sending the remaining amount later to avoid being kidnapped or killed.’’
Isa said the duo later reported to the police and the police Special Anti Robbery Squad swung into action and arrested of the suspects.
“During investigation, police arrested the four suspects who confessed to have committed the act.
“The police recovered the sim card they used in sending threat messages to their victims,’’ he said.
The spokesman further said that the police arrested four other suspected kidnappers in the state. Isa identified the suspects as Mubarak Babangida, 21; Abubakar Lawal, 19; Aliyu Lawal, 22; and Nura Abdulhamid, 22.
He said they were arrested following a tip off, adding that the suspects were arrested with women dresses planning to kidnap a four-year-old boy. The spokesman said that the suspects would be prosecuted after investigations.
There was also a report of the arrest of three suspected kidnappers, Henry Omenihu, Paul Chituru and Henry Bright, who operate in army camouflage uniform in Osun State.