As part of the on-going Operation Puff Adder, the Nigeria Police have arrested 60 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers on the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) DCP Frank Mba stated this Monday while parading the suspects at the Police Divisional Headquarters, Katari, Kaduna state.
He said the choice of Katari for the maiden briefing of the year was informed by the fact that before the launch of the Operation, Katari was the unofficial headquarters of kidnapping, but it is now a thing of the past as NPF tactical teams had smoked out the kidnappers and armed robbers on the axis.
He said: “Between now and the last briefing, 60 male suspects were implicated in several cases of conspiracy, homicide, armed robbery and kidnapping.
“31 weapons were recovered from the suspects, 10 AK47, nine AK49 as well as one Ak103 riffles. A pomp action weapon, Berretta pistols and locally fabricated fire arms, 355 live cartridges, 479 live ammunition of AK 47 and AK 49 were also recovered from the suspects.”
Similarly, he said one Haruna Saidu was arrested in Kaduna while trying to smuggle arms in a concealed compartment under his motorcycle seat to Niger state, adding that that two AK 47 riffles and five magazine containing 30 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.
Speaking further, he said while investigation has been concluded in some of the cases, others were on-going and the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.