The police in Niger have foiled attempted kidnap operation by a seven-member gang in Gawu Babaginda in Gurara local government of the state, killing three of the kidnappers.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, stated this, Tuesday in a press statement issued in Minna.
The PPRO also confirmed the arrest of a 36-year-old women, Fatima Sani, for allegedly stabbing her 70-year-old mother – in –law, Aisha Umaru to death.
He explained that the woman, who was recently divorced by her husband, blamed the mother-in-law for her marriage woes, insisting that it was the old woman that instigated the son to divorce her.
According to the police, “The said Fatima, who had been divorced, left Gobirawa village to Tozon Daji in Mashegu local government on 24th April, 2020, and secretly entered the mother in-law’s room where she stabbed her to death for allegedly instigating her son, Sani Umaru, to divorce her. She has been arrested.”
The PPRO explained that the three kidnappers met their waterloo in an exchange of fire with the police in Tufa village via Gawu Babangida, adding that the police were on the trail of the other fleeing kidnappers.
According to him, “On 04/2020, about 0130hrs, information was received that a seven man gang of suspected kidnappers from Goyi village, Gwagwalada, FCT invaded Tufa village via Gawu Babangida, Gurara local government area. A joint police/vigilante team, led by DPO Gawu Babangida, mobilised to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun battle, during which three of the hoodlums, namely; Abdulqadir Abubakar ‘m’ aged 20, Nuhu Shuaibu ‘m’, 22, of Goyi village Gwagwalada FCT and Musa Maisaje ‘m’, 20, of Dobi Kaida FCT, were arrested with gunshot wounds.
“The suspects were taken to Umar Musa Memorial Hospital Sabon Wuse for medical attention but were later confirmed dead by the doctor.”
He said one AK-47 rifle with erased breach number, one empty magazine, one pump action and Army camouflage uniform were recovered from them, adding that effort to arrest the fleeing members of the syndicate was in progress and that the case is under investigation.
The PPRO restated the assurances of the Commissioner of Police, Niger state command, CP Adamu Usman to members of the public that the police will continue to redouble efforts to stem the tide of criminality in the state, soliciting the support of residents in giving useful and timely information to the police.