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After Wike’s N20m bounty, police nab Abuja wanted kidnap kingpin

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After Wike’s N20m bounty, police nab Abuja wanted kidnap kingpin

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Police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have arrested a wanted notorious kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe, confirmed Dahiru’s arrest to newsmen at the command headquarters, on Friday

Igwe said following a raid on kidnappers’ camps bordering Nasarawa and Abuja via Kuje area council, at about midnight on Thursday, the bandits engaged police operatives in a gun duel, but were eventually overpowered.

He said, “The Police operatives of the FCT Police Command attached to the Anti-kidnapping unit, in a continued effort against criminality in the Territory, raided two (2) kidnappers’ camps bordering Nasarawa and Abuja via Kuje area council on 15/02/2024 at about 12 am, dislodged the camps and arrested one Saidu Abdulkadir ‘m’ popularly known as (Dahiru Adamu), who is the gang leader and one of the wanted suspects of the kidnapping syndicate paraded by the Police Command on 14th February 2024.

“The bandits on sighting the police operatives, opened fire and engaged the Police in an intense gun duel and were eventually overpowered by the Police, as one Habu Yakubu and Isufu Abubakar, earlier abducted from Kwaita village via Pegi district of Kuje area council, were rescued unhurt and the suspect arrested.”

The police boss said two kidnap victims, Habu Yakubu and Isufu Abubakar, who were earlier abducted from Kwaita village through Pegi district of Kuje area council, were rescued unhurt during the raid at the kidnappers’ den.

“And preliminary investigation by our command revealed that the suspect masterminded the kidnap and killing of the district head of Ketti community in AMAC, Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, ” the CP said.

He described Adamu’s arrest as a huge success for the command and the FCT administration, which he said would restore peace and security in the territory.

Igwe also commended Nyesom Wike, FCT Minister, for his support and encouragement to the police and also thanked the public for their cooperation and information that led to the arrest.

He, however, said that the command would not relent in its efforts to rid the FCT of all criminal elements, while urging residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police.

On Monday, Wike placed a N20 million bounty on two kidnappers.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect masterminded the kidnap and killing of one Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the district head of Ketti village.

“While efforts are still ongoing to apprehend the other wanted suspects on the run, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh psc, mni, wishes to reassure criminals in FCT that there is no hiding place for them.

“He equally urges residents to report suspicious activities through the following emergency lines; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; PCB: 09022222352”.