Saturday, 21 May 2016

Fulani Herdsmen Kidnappers’ Gang Busted In Kaduna

Residents of Kaduna Metropolis can now sleep with their eyes closed following the recent clamp down on a dreaded gang of kidnappers made up of Fulani Herdsmen who had held the entire State hostage. 

The suspectsý who were rounded up from their hideouts in Kaduna and Zaria by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, were alleged to be behind the March 21, 2016, abduction of the President and Vice President of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, HEKAN,ý, Rev Emmanuel Dziggan, and Rev Illiya Anthony respectively and another pastor of the church, ýRev Yakubu Dzarmaý, at Dutse village in Kaduna State. The gang was also said to have kidnapped a staff at the Presidential Villa, Abuja and many others.
Crime Guard gathered that IGP Solomon Arase was inundated with complaints about the activities of the gang within Kaduna State, as they made the Kaduna-Abuja Road ýhellish for motorists. Members of the gang were identified as Kashimu Shehu aka Baliago , the gang Leader; Aliyu Mato, aka, Yellow; Muhammedu Mamman; Hassan Bello; Bala Mohammed and Ishiaku Kabiru. After picking their victims, members of the gang would make them trek for hours in a deep forest off the Abuja-Kaduna Road, before arriving their camp close to Tapher Village Kaduna State. The gang was also said to have also raked in millions in ransom from their respective victims, creating an overwhelming sense of insecurity among residents of Kaduna State. Arase, who was said to have been miffed by the development in Kaduna State then ordered the operatives of his elite Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, to proceed to the State to track down the hoodlums and put an end to their activities. It was gathered that the operatives, on arriving the state gathered several intelligence from the locals for two weeks before swooping on the suspects. Two of the suspects, Kabiru and Bello were said to have been arrested at the naming ceremony organized by their gang leader, Shehu, at Gidan Kasimu, Mai-Yahsi Village , in Dutse-Wai Kubua Local Government area of Kaduna State who provided information that led to the arrest of other members of the gang. During interrogations, Crime Guard gathered that the suspects confessed to crimes and they also narrated how they kidnapped their victims. Some of their victims were also able to identify the suspects.