Yobe State – Detectives belonging to the Crack Squad of the Yobe State Police Command have arrested a notorious kidnap gang leader, Mohammed Wada, in the Fune Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement released on Thursday, September 28, 2023, by the Command’s spokesperson, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, said that the suspect had confessed to orchestrating a series of kidnapping incidents in various parts of the state.
According to the PPRO, the arrest came following a distress call received by the command, alerting them to the gang’s plans to target unsuspecting civilians in an imminent attack.
The image maker added that deadly weapons such as a pump action gun, two fabricated pistols and ammunition, were recovered from the suspect.
“Yobe State Police Command in its continued efforts to get rid of bandits and criminal hoodlums in the state succeeded in the arrest of yet another kidnapping syndicate that masterminded a series of kidnapping incidents in part of Damagum, kolere and some parts of Tarmuwa and Dapchi LGAs.
On 25th, September 2023 at about 1700hrs detectives from the Crack Squad responded to a distress call that a gang of bandits were seen servicing arms and ammunition in preparation to attack unsuspecting innocent civilians.
“One Mohammed Wada, 35 years old of Kanda Village via Kolere Fune LGA was arrested in possession of deadly weapons: a Pump Action Gun, Two fabricated pistols and some Ammunitions of 12 bore 2.75 in the course of a raid carried out along Kyari Ngaruhu forest in Kolere.
“The suspect confessed to having organised and perpetrated many kidnapping incidents in those areas where he cited two incidents of which N2.5m (Two Million And Five Hundred Thousand Naira ) and N5m (Five Million Naira) were received as ransom from their Victims
“The investigation has commenced as efforts are emplaced to arrest other syndicate members
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Ahmad, commended the efforts of the command personnel for the successes recorded so far and urged them not to relent until no single bandit is left anywhere in the state
“He further appeals for more support by availing the command of credible information about criminal elements’ hideouts.”