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Notorious kidnappers, killers of Hon Mante, CSP Garkuwa in police net

27 firearms, 633 live ammunition, 4 cutlasses recovered

Killers of a then serving member of the Bauchi House of Assembly, Hon Musa Mante and a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Garkuwa as well one Mallam Dahiru Suleiman have been arrested by operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT).

By Paul Michael,

It was gathered that the suspects, Hashimu Galadima (aka Kan-Wuka) aged 48, Abdulwahab Alhassan (aka Emeka) aged 31, Abdulwahab Ahmed (aka Dan-Mama) aged 35, and Alh. Modu Saleh, all of Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State, were nabbed following actionable intelligence.

The suspects were said to have confessed to being members of a syndicate actively involved in kidnapping and robbery operations within Bauchi state and its environs, as well as being responsible for the death of the honourable member, retired police officer and the other.

Hon Mante, who is from Dass LGA of Bauchi State was murdered in August 2020, and his two wives and 1-year-old daughter were abducted by the suspects.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, also revealed that 11 suspects who confessed to being members of an unlawful society, the Black Axe Confraternity (aka Aiye), were arrested in Ekpoma, Edo State.

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Adejobi said the police in the state have been receiving incessant reports on the nefarious activities of the suspects, hence, their arrest.

“The suspects – 22 years Okosun Pascal, 24 years Michael Ehineboh, 22 years Aneto Israel, 23 years Destiny Uhomogiwan, 20 years Bello Sunday, 27 years Eramoh Akhere, 22 years Osagie Adamson, 24 years Okoruwa Christian, Edoghogho Wellington (all 9 from Esan LGA of Edo State), 20 years old Momoh Kingsley from Estako West LGA of Edo State, and 24 years old Chukwu Chukwuemeka from Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State, are all university undergraduates.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects are 2 AK 47 Rifles, 3 pump action guns, 1 locally made pistol, 2 AK47 Magazines, 22 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 17 rounds of 5.56mm K2 Ammunition, and 3 live cartridges,” he said.

Adejobi further stated, “Operatives of the FIB-IRT equally apprehended the trio of Murtala Ibrahim aged 37, Suleiman Rabiu aged 28, and Surajo Sani (aka Mandula) aged 39, for kidnapping and providing information to
other notorious kidnap gangs on likely victims of their crime.

“The suspects who operate within Yankwani and Kurami Towns in Bakori LGA of Katsina State carried out the kidnap of a man, his wife and two children from whom they obtained a ransom of 30 million Naira.

“An escapee from the Kuje Correctional Centre in June 2022, one Abdulrazak Isah, aged 27, from Ondo State, who was convicted to life imprisonment for the murder in 2013 and had spent 10 years prior to his escape from the detention facility, was arrested at Tafa LGA of Kaduna State for stealing an iPad and a computer monitor from a hotel in Sabon Wuse, Niger State.

“The suspect thereafter sold the monitor for the sum of N5,000 and the iPad for the sum of N10,000, before his arrest.

“The FIB-IRT recovered a total of 27 firearms including 10 AK rifles, 1 G3 rifle, 8 pump action guns, 3 locally made pistols, 3 English double-barrelled guns, 633 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, 8 expended cartridges, and one cutlass from the suspects in the course of investigations.”

According to him, the feats were reached following the charge of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, on the tactical and operational squads, while adding that all the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.

“The arrest followed a charge on the tactical and operational squads by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, on the need to ensure cases are investigated to a justifiable and reasonable conclusion.

“The IGP has assured well-meaning members of the society who are stakeholders in security, of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensuring that all criminal suspects are dealt the full blow of the law upon arrest,” he said.

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