Two kidnap kingpins, who are members of a gang terrorizing and abducting several travelers and unsuspecting members of the public along the Abuja-Kaduna Road, have been arrested.
The suspected kidnappers were arrested by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, stationed in Anchau, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Wednesday.
Confirming the arrest on Thursday, in a statement made available to newsmen, the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, said, “On Wednesday 5th October 2016, troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army stationed in Anchau, Kubau Local Government Area of kaduna State, arrested 2 kidnappers in the process of collecting ransom from a kidnap victim’s family in the area.
“The arrest followed a hot pursuit after the gang was given out by citizens’ information when they attempted to kidnap some victims for ransom.
“A tip off by well-meaning Nigerians had it that the kidnappers had arrived Dutsen Wai for ransom collection from their hapless victim’s family.
“On receipt of information, the troops swung into action in an unmarked car and trailed them to the rendezvous for the collection.
“The kidnappers who are believed to be operating along Kaduna-Abuja road, however fled towards Zaria in a Honda car with registration number AJ 183 ABJ AJ 183 ABJ when they realized that they were being trailed. Consequently, the pursuing troops alerted the police stationed in Soba.
“In the process of fleeing, the kidnappers overran the police checkpoints at Soba and Maigana and proceeded to Zaria where they were finally apprehended.
“The troops recovered Honda Accord car, one mobile telephone handset, 4 MTN, 1 Airtel Subscribers identified module (SIM) cards, 1 micro SD card, a national identity card, an INEC voters registration card, and a Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria Identity Card.
“Cash sum of Twelve Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ten Naira (N12,710.00k) and a Notebook containing several names, addresses and telephone numbers of kidnap victims families and relations.
“The suspects are currently being investigated,” Usman added.