The Nigeria Poluce Force, Federal Capital Territory Police Command has foiled moves by suspected kidnappers to abduct a cleric at Nukku village in the Abaji Area Council of the nation’s capital, according to The PUNCH.
The operatives also arrested one Mallam Bala and the leader of a notorious kidnap gang, one Abdullahi Ruwa a.k.a Juli at Atako forest of Kuje Area Council.
A statement by the FCT police spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, on Friday, titled, ‘FCT police command foils attempt to kidnap clergyman, arrests seven,’ disclosed that the suspects were arrested while plotting the criminal act.
It explained that the suspects equally revealed to the police how they have carried out several kidnap operations.
The statement said, “Two mobile phones with special lines were recovered from Mallam Bala, which he used in communicating with other gang members while they perfected their plans.
“Two Gionee mobile phones which the gang used in contacting the families of their victims for ransom were also recovered from Abdullahi Ruwa.”
In another development, acting on a tip-off, operatives from Dawaki Division arrested one Awal Abdullahi, a suspected member of a kidnapping syndicate that has been on the watchlist of the police.
The suspect revealed how he participated in two kidnap operations carried out by his gang recently.
Further investigations led to the arrest of one Isah Yusuf and three other members of the syndicate.
Adeh explained that efforts were being intensified to arrest other members of the gang that are at large, noting that the suspects in custody would be arraigned after investigations.