Kogi State Police Command has arrested 27 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers in different locations across the state.
The state commissioner of police, Mr Yakubu Usman, disclosed this in Lokoja Friday while parading the suspects, saying that no stone would be left unturned in riding the state of criminal elements that have been terrorizing people.
Among the suspects paraded was one Abdullahi Danbarkide, who was apprehended in Idah in the eastern flank of the state, whom the police said had confessed to kidnapping one Mallam Isah Ibrahim and other victims and collected the sum of N2.5 million as ransom before freeing the victim.
Further, he disclosed that the suspect also confessed to kidnapping one Mallam Isah Yusuf in December, last year and collected N500, 000 ransom, even as the victim was killed for allegedly identifying one of his captors.
The police commissioner said following the arrest of Danbarkide, members of his gang went and killed the father of Isah Yusuf, (Mohammed Yusuf),stressing that the suspect was assisting the police to arrest the other four fleeing gang members.
Usman equally disclosed that one Maha Musa was apprehended for kidnapping a Chinese national, Lily Yunpin in the eastern flank of the state, even as six other members of the gang are still at large.
He stressed that during investigation, the suspect confessed that the sum of N3 million was paid as ransom to secure the release of the Chinese national, saying Maha disclosed that a paltry N100, 000 was given to him as his own share in the deal.
Similarly, BuJi Mohammed and Abdullahi Mohammed were arrested for kidnapping Muhammadu Abubakar at Fulani settlement at Koton-Karfe in the western axis of the state, while the brother of the victim, Sani Muhammadu was killed during the incident.
He pointed out that the suspects confessed that the sum of N2 million was paid as ransom to secure the release of the victim, adding that efforts are being intensified to arrest other fleeing suspects.
The commissioner appealed to the members of the public to assist the police with useful, credible and reliable information that would aid them in carrying out their duties, maintaining that such gesture would be treated with utmost confidentiality.


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