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 command’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 victim’s family and promised them spiritual protection.
“The security operatives, however, latched on this clue, leading to the arrest of the syndicate,” Kafa said.
Continuing, he added that; “The 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.
“The victim was kept with Hanazuwa until the family paid a ransom of N1m, after beating down the kidnappers’ initial demand of N10m.”