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Abuja-Kaduna Highway robbers, kidnappers weren’t paying me well, says 79-year-old arms supplier

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA—A 79-year old man, Abdulrashid Riba, aka Baba Wakili, who supplies arms and ammunition to robbers and kidnappers terrorising Abuja-Kaduna Highway and its environs, has said his customers were paying him paltry sums not commensurate with the commodities he sold to them.

The robbers and kidnappers paraded yeaterday.

According to him, he usually delivered the arms to the kidnappers to use and they paid him after operations.

However, Riba, who was paraded alongside 18 others at the Jere Police Divisional office in Kaduna State by Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, yesterday, regretted his actions.

The suspects were nabbed after a fierce gun battle between them and the men of the IGP-Intelligence Response Team attached to Operation Absolute Sanity.

Items recovered from those paraded along with him were eight AK-47 rifles, 3207.56mm AK-47 ammunition, 16 live cartridges, one GPMG ammunition with magazine, two pairs of military uniforms, charms and car breaking/unlocking tools.

According to Mr. Moshood, the gang was “responsible for several kidnappings, including that of one Imam Hakeem Kosoko and others on Abuja-Kaduna Road.”

Four victims, he said, were rescued from their captivity and have since been reunited with their families.



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