Kaduna State Police Command has succeeded in arresting suspected kidnappers at a hotel in Tafa Community of the state.
The Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, in a statement issued Thursday said the suspect was arrested on the January 19, 2024, at about 2200 hours.
He said the Divisional Headquarters received credible information regarding the presence of a suspecious person in the Easyway Hotel in Tafa town.
Mr Mansir explained that their operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer stormed the hotel and arrested a certain 28-year-old Bello Muhammad from Zamfara State and recovered the sum of N2,350,000:00, suspected to be proceeds of kidnapping.
He said during the course of the investigation, the suspect admitted to being a kidnapper who operates with his gang around Kagarko forest in Kaduna.
ASP Mansir said the aforementioned sum is the suspect’s own share of a ransom collected, adding that a check of his mobile phone corroborated the suspect’s confession as pictures of him brandishing an AK47 rifle in a forest were retrieved.
He added that the said suspect Bello Muhammad thus offered a million naira backhander to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to stop him from furthering the investigation, which the Police Officer forthwith rejected. The investigation is still ongoing as the suspect is assisting the Police with vital information.
The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, CP A.D Ali, while praising the Tafa Division’s Operatives, urged them and others not to dwindle but to increase the tempo until crimes and criminality are reduced minimally.