The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested a suspected notorious kidnapper, Shuaibu Mohammed, also known as Chiyawa, who had been involved in several kidnapping cases in the state.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure at the command’s headquarters in Lafia on Thursday while parading 23 other suspects who were arrested for various crimes across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.

He commended the police officers attached to the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the command, led by SP Lapshak Lenka, for working tirelessly to arrest the suspected kidnap kingpin.

While reiterating the command’s commitment to eradicating crime in the 13 LGAs, Nansel said the police command would not hesitate to arrest anyone who disturbs the peace of other residents of the state.

He said, “On 19/4/2023 at about 5 pm, and based on a tip-off, operatives of the Command’s Anti-kidnapping unit arrested a kidnap kingpin named Shuaibu Mohammed AKA Chiyawa ‘M’ of Kadarko, Giza Development Area.

“The suspect who investigation has shown to be the gang leader of a notorious kidnapping syndicate terrorizing Dadere, Mararaba Akunza, Lafia, Agyaragu, Kadarko, and environs, has been on the wanted list of the Command for various cases of kidnapping and has been evading arrest before nemesis caught up with him.”

Similarly, the state police command also paraded two suspected criminals who had been involved in issues relating to kidnapping and armed robbery in the Lafia Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking on the arrest of the suspects, the Police PPRO said, “Recently, while acting based on credible intelligence, one Adamu Gagare Sule ‘M’ 25years and Umar Idris 20years, who have been on the wanted list of the command for offences of kidnapping were arrested at Kiguna Village, Lafia East Development area by operatives of the command.

“Upon Interrogation, the suspects confessed to having kidnapped four people and took them to a forest reserve in Qua’anpan LGA of Plateau State and came to town to buy food for the victims held captive before luck ran out of them.

“Also, the suspects admitted to have engaged in various acts of kidnapping and armed robbery at Lafia East, Awe, and Jenkwe Development area of Obi LGA.”

While warning all criminal elements to leave the state without further delay, DSP Nansel said the Commissioner of Police, CP Maiyaki Baba, had directed that the suspects be charged to court at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Lafia.

Punch/Adebukola Aluko

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