A seven-man kidnapping gang which specialise in abducting unsuspecting persons in the Goronyo Local Government Area of the state have been nabbed by men of the Department of State Security Service.
The suspects who are all from Taloka village in the Sabon Birni LGA were identified as Abdullahi Mohammed, aka Hanazuwa, (leader of the syndicate), Shabi Danmusa, Muhammed Abdullahi, Isah Aliyu, Ibrahim Maye, Yusuf Ibrahim and one Sule.
The DSS state Director, Alhaji Tijani Kafa said while parading the suspects at the commandâ€™s headquarters that the ring leader was arrested on April 19, 2017, with a Dane gun through a joint military operation while the others were arrested between April 15 and 18, 2017.
Kafa said the syndicate were busted when their spiritual head, Muhammed Abdullahi, aka Boka, after an operation, went back to their victimâ€™s family and promised them spiritual protection.
â€œThe security operatives, however, latched on this clue, leading to the arrest of the syndicate,â€ Kafa said.
Continuing, he added that; â€œThe group also kidnapped one Nasiru Maigoro on February 24, 2017, in connivance with a family member at Goronyo, and moved him to Zango Arab, in the Sabon Birni LGA, bordering the Niger Republic.
â€œThe victim was kept with Hanazuwa until the family paid a ransom of N1m, after beating down the kidnappersâ€™ initial demand of N10m.â€