Police have arrested 13 suspects for kidnapping, robbery, rape and unlawful possession of prohibited fire arms in Jere area of Kaduna State.
The suspects are Babuga, 27; Kiri, 26; Tambaya, 25; Musa, 27; Musa, 30; Musa, 27, and Usman, 37, who is the second gang leader.
Others are Yusuf, 25; Abdul, 20; Bali, 40; Nagoma; Babuga, 25, and Yeti Muhammad, 32.
The force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Jere, yesterday.
Moshood said that two AK-47 rifles, 16 locally-made guns with ammunition, cutlasses, sticks and charms were recovered from the suspects when the Police team raided their hideouts and camps.
He also said some of the suspects’ victims were rescued between Jere and Kaduna axis.
He said: “Most of the suspects were identified by the victims for being responsible for their kidnap. The suspects confessed to the offence. The arms and ammunition listed above and other property belonging to some of their victims, who were rescued from the gang, have been recovered from them.”
The spokesman said the Police were intensifying their investigation that will lead to the arrest of other suspects still at large, adding that all the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
He said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in the zones and commands to replicate same feat on the highways and major roads.
Moshood said they were also to beef up security in their areas of responsibilities and ensure massive deployment of armed Police personnel, patrol teams and undercover operatives to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots.
He assured the public that the ongoing raids on criminal hideouts will be sustained across the country.
The spokesman said Idris commended residents of towns and villages along Abuja-Kaduna Highway for the support and assistance by always giving prompt information to the Police on people suspected to be involved in criminal activities.