OPERATIVES of the Department of State Service, DSS, KOGI State command, said it has apprehended at least 10 suspected kidnappers terrorising the state in the last few weeks. Addressing journalists in Lokoja yesterday, the command said already, six of the suspects have been arraigned in court, while the rest four that were operating in full military combat uniforms were paraded and to be arraigned today. The state director of the command, Mr. Joseph Okpo added that the command last week arrested four of a six-man gang that had been operating along Abuja-Lokoja highway. Explaining further, he said the arrested suspects were Haruna Saleh, Kabiru Shuaibu, Mumuni Adamu and Tukur Shuaibu, adding that the people specialised in robbery and kidnapping along the major roads in the state. He said the people had confessed to be involved in some operations on Maraba- Jos road, Malufashi on Zaria- Kaduna and Jaji-Zaria road all in full military uniform. He stressed that the suspects were arrested on their way from Kaduna axis to link up with some people in Obajana where they planned to engage in fresh operations. However, Okpo said the suspects were already giving a very good lead on the source of their uniform, adding that the command had already linked up with the state command of the Nigeria Police to investigate the source of the military uniform.
He stressed that upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to have been involved in six operations between the Ramadan period and the day they were arrested. According to the SSS director, investigation had revealed that most of the kidnappers operating in the state were from outside Kogi State, lamenting that the people were taking advantage of the geographical location and the route structure of the state to operate their business. He pledged that the command would continue to cooperate with other security agencies in order to address the security challenges bedevilling the state, adding that the recent exploit is the advantage of the renewed zeal of the state government to fight criminal activities.

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