Sergeant Dies as Police Arrest 34 for Kidnapping, Murder, Rape

The police yesterday paraded 34 suspects for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, robbery, murder, and rape.

The suspects, who belong to four gangs, were paraded in Diko Police station, Niger State, by the Force Spokesman Jimoh Moshood.

A police Sergeant, Shettima Abdullahi, was killed yesterday at a roadblock mounted by hoodlums.

Some of the suspects paraded are Hussaini Mohammed, also known as General Sambisa, gang leader; Adamu Hussaini, Bala Mohammed, Shagari Musa, Hassan Hashimu, Ibrahim Badamasi, Babangida Hamza, Yau Auta, Umaru Abubakar, Karo Ladan, Buhari Abubakar, Alanshira Abubakar, Aziru Tasiu, Ibrahim Musa and Ishamu Saidu.

Others are Sani Aliyu, Shuaibu Abubakar, Bashir Abubakar, Nasiru Sani, Zayanu Sani, Isa Salisu, Hafiz Jibrin, Kabiru Sani, Abdullahi Adamu, Barau Masaudu, Ibrahim Hassan, Aliyu Chede, Bello Abdullahi, Isa Abdullahi, Nasiru Adamu, and Idris Dauda.

A police source, who pleaded for anonymity, said: “Sergeant Abdullahi was the driver in our team. We were trying to trail the hideouts and flashpoints of some of the kidnappers and one of the kidnappers in our custody mentioned that some of his gang members were in Zaria.

“We took off in the night to raid their hideout and make some arrest. On our way back, we ran into a blockage by some hoodlums around Jaji area of Kaduna State.

“It happened around 12 am. We had to open fire and in the process, we killed five of them but they succeeded in killing one of our men who happened to be our driver.”

The Nation was shown the vehicle the sergeant died in. The white 18-seater vehicle, marked AZ139BWR, still had bullet holes and blood stains of the late Abdullahi.

His body has been deposited in the mortuary in Kaduna.

Mosood said some of the suspects in military outfit, specialized in killing military personnel and other security men.

The gangs, described as deadly, he said, have killed 11 policemen.

He said: “The latest of their victim is Sergeant Shettima Abdullahi, who was killed during the raid by a special team deployed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to curb crime on Abuja, Kaduna, Kogi and Niger roads.

“Eight vehicles, arms and ammunition, chisel, hammer, cutlasses, plier, over 50 phones belonging to their victims, television, desktop and laptop computer, and other lethal weapons were recovered from them.

“The success was made possible following operation Absolute Sanity.  At a single swoop, 34 kidnappers were arrested by our men. Some of them specialized in operating in military uniform. When you see them on the highway, you will think they are personnel of the military but they are not.

“They use military uniform to stop people forcefully and kidnap some of their victims.

‘’The IG commiserated with the family of Sergeant Abdullahi, who died during the early hours of today (yesterday) during an exchange of firearms with some of the kidnappers.”

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