By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The Jigawa Police Command has arrested 14 suspected kidnappers believed to be part of the syndicate that recently killed two police officers and burnt police patrol vehicle in Taura local government area in the state.

The commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Aliyu Sale Tafida while parading the suspects at the state police headquarters in Dutse, said “In a bid to stem the tide in the rise in kidnapping activities in the state, Jigawa State Police Command organized an intelligent-led-raid code named Operation Flush Out.”
Tafida explained that “The operation was carried out in Suletankarka LGA with officers and men from departments of operations, police mobile force, criminal investigation, state intelligence bureau, medical department and three area commands of Gumel, Ringim, Kafinhausa, as well as members of hunters group.”

According to him, during the operation, three criminal hideouts in Dajin Maizuwo, Dan Gwanki and Yandamo villages in Suletankarka LGA were raided by the police.
Tafida further stated that 10 male and four females suspects were arrested during the operations,

He explained that two of the suspects sustained injuries as a result of fire exchange.

“Three AK47 rifles were recovered two of which were carted away from police officers killed at Kwalam village in Taura LGA, while responding to a distress call on Jan. 23.

Other items recovered are nine magazines and 308 live ammunitions of 7.6mm, one burnt General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with its two empty chains, one Toyota Hummer Bus, nine motorcycles, one cutlass, six mobile phones, 12 SIM cards and five SD (Memory) cards.

“Also recovered from them is the sum of N2.70 million and charms,” Tafida said.

The police boss added that one of the recovered motorcycles was discovered to be that of one Abdu Isah Sajo, a Commander of Yanbulala (Local Security Outfit), who was shot and killed on January 25, 2022.

Tafida gave the assurance that the command would not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and property of the people of the state.

He also disclosed that the police rescued a 20-year-old woman kidnapped in Kirikasamma Local Government Area of the state, “the victim, identified as Hadiza Alhaji Chado, was kidnapped on January 8, 2022 at Marma village”.

The CP indicated that the victim was rescued after the police raided the suspected kidnappers’ hideout in Suletankarka local government area.

The CP added that the victim, who has been held by her kidnappers since her abduction on January 8, was rescued unhurted during the operation, coded: “Operation Flush Out”.

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