1,000 kidnap suspects in police net, says IG
No fewer than 1,000 suspects are in police net across the country, Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris said in Lagos yesterday.
He told reporters after visiting Oba of Lagos Rilwanu Akiolu at his palace that the police were winning the war. He called for the establishment of special court and the limitation of trial time for suspected kidnappers.
He said: “We are addressing the issue of kidnapping across the country. On the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, we paraded more than 50 last week and today (Thursday), more suspects were paraded.
“We should have a change. There should be a law creating a special court for kidnapping. Secondly, the period for trial should be shortened so that within a month or two, people are sentenced.”
Asked why the military seemed to have taken over internal security role, Idris said: “Every country gets the police they deserve. It is not an issue for the police to comment on. I leave that for the people to decide.
“I can tell you that we are prepared for 2019 elections. More Area Commands, Mobile Squadrons and units would be created across the country so that we can be closer to the people. All we are appealing is for the passage of the Police Trust Fund Bill.”
The Police yesterday paraded another set of suspected kidnappers and other criminals arrested on Kaduna-Abuja highway.
The 40 people paraded bring to 72 the number of suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and others nabbed on the highway within this week.
The suspects were arrested at various villages along the highway, where they have their operational bases and camps.
Parading the suspects at Rijana village, Kachia Local Government Area, Kaduna State on the highway, Police spokesman CSP Jimoh Moshood attributed the arrest of the suspects to the launch of ‘Operation Absolute Sanity’ by Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris.
CSP Jimoh said the police had been able to penetrate the kidnappers and locate their camps. He said some of their captives were rescued in the process.
He said the police operatives had taken over the bushes on the highway, adding that efforts were intensified to arrest the sponsors of the group, who are at large.
He said: “We have 40 suspects before us. These 40 suspects were arrested in the acts. They operate in different camps led by Ali Bello alias Tsonge. He is the Grand Commander of all the kidnappers you are seeing here. We also have Goma Shehu, alias Nama Gogo. Shehu is a notorious leader of kidnap for ransom gang that has been operating and terrorising passengers on Kaduna-Abuja highway.
“We also have another gang leader by name, Mohammed Mujua. Others include Danladi Hassan, Mohammed Abubakar, Egwu Ogiri, and Emmanuel Awobi among others,” he said.