The police yesterday paraded 81 suspects, some in military uniforms alleged to be responsible for the high rate of criminality in Abuja and environs.
Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, while parading the suspects, said they were arrested at different points in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Taraba State. He said the arrest was a result of the tireless efforts of the Special Technical Squad (STD) and Intelectual Response Team (IRT) operatives.
Mba disclosed that the N10.1million was part of the ransom paid by one, Alhaji Tuku Zubair, a wealthy business man in Sokoto State.
The police spokesman said the members of the kidnap gang were prisoners who had been prosecuted by the Police but formed the gang in Katsina Prison, they were either rounding up their sentences or serving jail terms while others were in the prison awaiting trails.
The police spokesman said:
“Somehow, they were able to get themselves together while in the prison, formed a deadly gang and while in the prison they hatched the plot to kidnap one Alhaji Tuku Zubairu.
“As soon as they were out from the prison, they embarked on that mission, kidnapped the business man and collected ransom running into several millions from him.
“We went after them and as I speak to you today, all the gang members have been arrested and a total sum of N10.1 million, part of the ransom they collected has been recovered.”
He said the police had also arrested another deadly kidnap gang known as the Shaibu DanKaduna, responsible for terrible crimes along Kaduna axis and some parts of the Northcentral zone of the country.
According to him, on August 11, this gang ambushed a team of police operatives that were on a mission and killed four of the operatives.
Mba said 10 laptops recovered from the Internet fraud suspects would subjected to proper forensic examination before charging the suspects to court.