Police operatives attached to the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team, FIB-IRT, have arrested members of a syndicate behind the murder of one Hon. Musa Mante, and a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Garkuwa.
This was made known in a statement issued Wednesday, by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
TheFact Daily gathers 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 arrested following credible intelligence.
According to investigations, the suspects, who were actively involved in kidnapping and robbery operations within Bauchi State and its environs, confessed to the murder, in August, 2020, of Hon. Mante, a then serving member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly from Dass Local Government Area, and the abduction of his two wives and 1-year old daughter.
They similarly confessed to the murder of a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Garkuwa, in what they claim as revenge for the much trouble he caused them while he was in service and after.
With the arrest, Adejobi said, the Force had successfully brought to a close the murder cases which had hitherto remained unsolved.
Similarly, 11 suspects who confessed to being members of an unlawful society, specifically the Black Axe Confraternity (aka Aiye) were arrested in Ekpoma, Edo State, following reports on their nefarious activities within the area.
The suspects, whose ages range between 20 and 27 are all university undergraduates. Police operatives gave thier identities as Okosun Pascal, Michael Ehineboh, Aneto Israel, Destiny Uhomogiwan, Bello Sunday, Eramoh Akhere, Osagie Adamson, Okoruwa Christian, and Edoghogho Wellington, all from Esan LGA of Edo State. The rest are 20 year-old Momoh Kingsley from Estako West LGA of Edo State, and 24 year-old Chukwu Chukwuemeka from Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State.
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.
Operatives of the FIB-IRT equally apprehended the trio of Murtala Ibrahim, Suleiman Rabiu and Surajo Sani (aka Mandula), 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, kidnapped a man, his wife and two children, from whom they obtained a ransom of 30 million naira.
Furthermore, 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 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.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has assured well-meaning members of the society of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensuring that all criminal suspects are dealt the full blow of the law upon arrest.