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Wanted kidnap suspect, others nabbed in Kwara

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Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin

 A suspected criminal who had been on wanted list since July 2019 over the abduction of four Turkish nationals by a six-man gang at Gbugbu village in Edu local government area of Kwara state, has been nabbed along with other crime suspects by the Kwara state command of the Nigeria police.

The suspects who were paraded at the police headquarters, Kwara command included one Umaru Mohammed Tambaya, 29, and Muhammed Tambaya Bell, 26, were said to have been on police wanted list.

Parading the kidnap suspects, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega of the command said: “Recall that in the month of July, 2019 four Turkish nationals were kidnapped by a six armed gang at Gbugbu village in Edu local government area of Kwara state. In a concerted effort by the men of the command and members of the community. Four of the kidnappers were arrested with one AK 47 riffle as at the time of the incident, the victims were rescued alive without payment of ransom.

Bagega explained that arrested kidnap suspects were earlier mentioned by members of a syndicate when arrested in the kidnap of four Turkish expatriates alleging that the command had been on the trail of the suspects ever since then.

“The Command has been in the search for the two fleeing suspects. Actionable intelligence however indicated that the suspects were planning to carry out another operation and my operatives swoop on them and were arrested. During investigation, the suspects confessed to be members of the kidnap syndicate that abducted the four Turkish citizens, they also confessed to have participated in several other kidnap incidents especially along Enugu/Abakaliki axis of the South East of the country. Investigation is still ongoing to arrest other syndicate members and recover their operational weapons.

Other suspects paraded include on Abbey Adeyeye, 40, arrested in connection with car theft and recovery of stolen vehicle belonging to one Edwin Nwakanude of Gbugbu village via Lafiagi who reported at Lafiagi Police Station that his vehicle Golf 3 with Reg. No. PTG 01 XA parked in front by his house has been removed by unknown person.

The police command stated that on the strength of the report, men of the Lafiagi Division and members of the vigilante accosted the suspect along Ndanaku/Isanlu bush road that leads to Kogi State adding that during interrogation the suspect confessed to have stolen the vehicle easily being an electrician.

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