The Crack Squad of the Yobe State Police Command has successfully apprehended a well-known leader of a kidnapping gang, Mohammed Wada, in the Fune Local Government Area. The arrest, made on Thursday, September 28, 2023, was confirmed by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, in an official statement.
According to Abdulkarim, the suspect has confessed to orchestrating a series of kidnapping incidents in various parts of the state. Furthermore, the police recovered dangerous weapons, including a pump action gun, two fabricated pistols, and ammunition, from the suspect.
The arrest took place after the command received a distress call regarding the gang’s preparation to attack innocent civilians. The spokesperson stated, “Yobe State Police Command, in its ongoing commitment to rid the state of bandits and criminal elements, has successfully apprehended another kidnapping syndicate responsible for numerous incidents in Damagum, Kolere, Tarmuwa, and Dapchi LGAs.”
On September 25, 2023, at approximately 1700hrs, detectives from the Crack Squad quickly responded to the distress call, discovering the gang servicing their weapons before launching an attack on unsuspecting civilians. Mohammed Wada, 35 years old, hailing from Kanda Village via Kolere Fune LGA, was arrested during a raid conducted along Kyari Ngaruhu forest in Kolere. The confiscated items included a Pump Action Gun, Two fabricated pistols, and Ammunitions of 12 bore 2.75.
The suspect has admitted to organizing and perpetrating numerous kidnapping incidents, revealing that they received ransoms of N2.5m and N5m from their victims. The investigation is underway, with efforts focused on apprehending other members of the syndicate.
Meanwhile, CP Garba Ahmad, the Commissioner of Police, has commended the dedication of the command personnel in achieving these successes and urged them to continue their relentless pursuit of eradicating bandits from the state. He also appeals for the public’s support in providing credible information about the hideouts of criminal elements.