The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Friday paraded thirty seven suspects for allegedly belonging to gangs which carried out kidnappings, armed robbery, cattle rustling and trans-border car snatching.
The suspects were alleged to be responsible for killings and kidnapping at different locations in Kaduna, Minna, Tegina and Birnin Gwari-Funtua axis, a statement by Police spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood said.
He said the thirty seven suspects belonged to 6 different gangs. The exhibits recovered from them included; Four Pump Action Guns, Three AK47 Rifles, Three single Barrel Guns and Two Dane Guns.
Other items recovered from them are; Sixty Five AK47 Live Ammunition, Seventeen Exotic vehicles, Fifteen Cattle and Eighty Sheep.
Moshood explained that, the Commander of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (STS) and his personnel under the Operation Absolute Sanity stormed and raided some identified kidnappers den, camps, Blackspot and Criminal hideouts in the forests located in Kaduna, Minna, Tegina, Birnin gwari – Funtua within Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States.
He said they successfully smashed the six gangs and arrested the thirty seven suspects in the act of kidnapping and collection of ransom.
He added that some of their victims (names withheld) were rescued from captivity unhurt and reunited with their families.
He said some of the suspects were also arrested for armed robberies, multiple cars snatching and crossing them to Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries.
He said six suspects were killed during exchange of fire between the Police team and the suspected kidnappers/bandits.
Moshood said all the suspects arrested confessed to the crime and admitted to the various roles they played in the commission of capital offences.