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Operation Puff Adder: Police arrest ‘top spiritual Father’ of kidnapping gangs, others who abducted Channels TV reporter in Abuja.

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By: Kingsley Omonobi

…Recover Assorted Weapon and Ammunition    

In continuation of efforts to rid the Abuja – Kaduna Expressway of Kidnapping and other heinous crimes, crack detectives from the IGP Intelligence Response Unit (IRT) and other operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder have arrested one Mallam Salisu Abubakar, 48yrs old, a native of Dutsinma LGA, Katsina State.


The Mallam, a self-confessed spiritual father of kidnappers terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna expressway and parts of other North-West/North-Central States of the Country, was arrested on 16th April 2019, following painstaking intelligence and subsequent manhunt, in his hideout, in a forest, at Galadimawa Village, Kaduna State.

According to the Police Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, “Investigation has clearly implicated the suspect for aiding and abetting the commission of several high-profile armed robbery and kidnapping operations in the North West and the North Central States of the Country.

“The suspect is notorious for providing spiritual guidance and intelligence for kidnappers, before and after their operations.

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“His arrest, no doubt, will assist Police operatives to apprehend several other kidnappers and vicious criminals still at large.

“Similarly, the operatives on 14th April 2019, in Abuja, arrested one Godwin Ige aka ‘White’ 28years old, a native of Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo State, the fourth member of the gang responsible for the kidnap of Channels TV Staff, Mr Friday Okeregbe.

“The operatives recovered from him One (1) Berretta Pistol, One (1) Locally made pistol, eleven (11) live Ammunition, two (2) live Cartridges and One Honda Accord Car with Reg. No. KWL 420 GU with which the victim (Friday Okeregbe) was kidnapped on 22nd March 2019”.

Mba said the IGP “while appealing for public support, patience and understanding assures that the Police and other security agencies will not rest on their oars until our homes and highways are made safe and secured.”

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