By Christopher Oji
The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has nabbed one of the most wanted kidnap kingpins in Nigeria, Adamu Mamman, known in the underworld as “Master.”
Also arrested with him were his second-in-command and number three man in the gang and five others.
A senior police officer told Daily Sun that the suspects arrested included the leader of the gang, Adamu, a native of Amana village in Kaduna State; Ali (aka Blacky), native of Liman Ibada village in Kaduna, who is the second-in-command to Master; Umar, native of Rijana village, who is the main informant of the Abuja-Kaduna expressway kidnappers; Shehu, the third-in-command; Awwalu, aka Mota, from Rijana village in Kaduna; and the major receivers of stolen cows, phones and laptops and so on from the kidnappers, Babangida, Usman, and Ahmad, all from Kaduna.
The police source said the suspects had been terrorising motorists and passengers along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
He said: “They robbed, kidnapped and maimed victims. They made life uncomfortable for drivers and passengers along the road. Their signature is crime, as they also engaged in cattle rustling.
“They confessed that they decided to release their last victim and proceed to see their family members in their respective villages before IRT operatives arrested them at Maraban Jos, Anguwa Pama, Sabon Gayan and Rijana village all in Kaduna State.”
“All the suspects confessed to several kidnappings of motorist and passengers along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, including the kidnapping of DSP Munir attached to Police Airwing, Force Headquarters, Abuja, a retired Police Sergeant, driver to the chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, five students of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, and Nuhu Bamalli University namely Idris Goga, Simon Terna, Kazzah Bulus, Ibrahim Kalin, and Augustine Climax, who was later killed and his corpse dumped in the river by the kidnappers. Many of the victims, including the Police DSP, have identified the gang leader, second-in-command, third-in-command and informant, among others, as the ones responsible for their abduction. The suspects further confessed that because of the massive deployment of security forces in their area, most of their gang members relocated from Rijana village to their respective hometowns. He further narrated that there were two major groups of kidnappers operating within Rijana axis of the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
“The suspects are assisting IRT operatives in tracing the second group. Victim phones, N17,000 in N500 denomination in mints, belonging to victims, SIM cards, charms, cutlasses and two pairs of army uniforms were recovered from the kidnappers. Serious efforts to arrest the remaining gang members are in progress.”