The need for the people of Gombe state to continue to collaborate with the police by providing useful information on any suspicious individuals or persons in their domains has become a source of concern to the state police Commissioner, Ishola Babatunde Babaita.
The Commissioner who made the appeal yesterday via a statement made available to media practitioners by the command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mahid Abubakar while announcing the arrest of two suspected kidnappers, assured the citizens that all information given shall be treated with utmost confidentiality.
The suspects whose names were given as Sani Shehu aged 25yrs and Mohammed Sani Adamu aged 23yrs were both said to have been arrested last week following genuine information made available to men of the command.
According to the statement, they were nabbed following a tip-off of their plans to kidnap one of their targets in Pindiga town of Akko local government council.
Following the command’s proactive measures in collaboration with the Vigilantes as well as the hunters, the two suspects were intercepted in the neighbouring Tudun Kwaya village of Billiri council.
According to the statement; “the arrested suspects are one Sani Shehu, aged 25yrs and Mohammed Sani Adamu aged 23yrs both male from Dukku local government area of Gombe State” adding that they “were en route to their secret rendezvous at Yankari forest.”
On interrogation, the suspects, the police said, admitted to being members of a kidnapping syndicate terrorising Pindiga, in Akko local government council.
Preliminary investigation was said to have revealed that the kingpin “one Sani Shehu led the operatives to where they hid their weapons inside Yankari forest”
Sani Shehu, as stated by the police, attempted to escape with a bullet wound but was rushed to the General Hospital in Kashere where he was certified dead by a medical doctor while receiving treatment.
At the time of filing this report, his remains were said to have been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.
Items said to have been recovered from them are one AK-47 rifle, two magazines loaded with 18 rounds of live ammunition, one fabricated sterling rifle, locally made revolver pistol with a pair of Army camouflage uniform.
The Commissioner has directed that the case be transferred to State CID Gombe for discreet investigation and prosecution.
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