The Nigeria Police Force said it had arrested Abubakar Ibrahim, 37, suspected killer of Maiwada Galadima, the traditional ruler of Adara chiefdom of Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.
Galadima was abducted and murdered by his abductors in October 2018 after being held captive for days.
Other suspects arrested were: Johnson Okafor, 44, Shaibu Iliyasu, 20, Ishiak Dabo, 38, Mohammed Nasiru, 25, Aminu Haruna, 25, Shafiu Gudau, 25, Auwalu Hamisu, 24, Ado Ya’u, 35, Ibrahim Yusuf, 30, Ibrahim Audu, 22, Salisu Ajah, 50, Magaji Abubakar, 27, Salisu Ali, 18, among others.
A statement by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police on Sunday in Abuja, said Ibrahim was arrested on April 15 at Rigachikun, in Igabi local government of Kaduna state.
He said the suspect confessed to the kidnapping and murder of the traditional ruler of Adara and other kidnappings and murders.
Mba said the arrest of other suspects followed the arrest of the “spiritual father” of kidnappers and armed bandits operating in the northern part of the country, Malam Salisu Abubakar.
He said items recovered from the suspects were: 22 AK 47 riffles, five locally fabricated pistols and a cache of live ammunition.
Mba further said the combined team of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) of the police arrested the suspects at different locations and times in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Kogi states.
He said the suspects were into some of the most heinous crimes committed in Kaduna state and its environs in recent times.
The spokesman said the arrested gang members were also linked to kidnapping and murder of Malam Yakubu Usman, 40, of Jere local government area of Kaduna state and many other crimes.
He said the suspects were currently in custody, assisting the ongoing investigations.