By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Police Command has disclosed that it had arrested nine suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim, Pastor Oliver Clement.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya who made this known in a statement in Lokoja, said that the suspects were rounded off in their various hideouts in Okene, Ankpa, Lokoja and other parts of the state.
He explained that the cleric was kidnaped on July 9 and rescued from his abductors on July 13 at their Inye hideouts in Ankpa area. Clement had since reunited with his family.
The Police Public Relation Officer stated that one of the suspects, Uche Michael was arrested with bullets wounds at the General Hospital, Okpo, Olamaboro Local Government area of the state.
Aya pointed out that Michael was a notorious armed robber/ kidnapper who just escaped arrest from Ondo State, saying that the suspects had gone to the hospital for treatment when luck ran out on him.
He further stated that an old time criminal who had been on the police wanted list for so many years, Habeeb Abdulkareem was among those arrested. The suspect was arrested in Okene.
Other suspects arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery are Muazu Salem, Mutari Suleiman, Mohammed Abubakar, Ibrahim Ali, Abdulahi Idris , Amodu Isah and Gade Garba.
He said that some suspects escaped arrest but said intelligence officers had been detailed to track and arrest them.
Aya added that all the suspects were arrested between May 25 and July 13, saying that nine ass rated rifles, including AK47, pump action, double barrel guns and pistols were recovered from them.
Also recovered from them are live cartridges, cutlasses, knives , hammers and charms.
Aya said that some of the suspects had made confessional statement and cooperating well with the police.
All the suspects, he said will be charged to court very soon.