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Soldiers raid kidnappers’ hideouts in Abuja, arrest three

Troops of the Nigerian Army on anti-kidnapping operations have arrested three suspects during a raid on the hideouts of suspected kidnappers in the Bwari Area Council in Abuja.

The arrested suspects are an informant of the kidnappers and two accomplices.

The PUNCH reported that Bwari Area Council has recently become a hotspot for kidnappers.

On Tuesday, no less than 20 residents were kidnapped at City Hall.

A Friday statement from the Nigerian Army in X said soldiers recovered weapons, five ATM cards and illicit drugs from the suspects.

The statement read: “In the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, on Thursday, May 23, 2024, troops raided the hideout of a suspected kidnapper in Ajegunle Mpape, targeting a notorious informant known for harboring kidnappers. .

During the operation, troops arrested a suspected informant named Ashiru Mohammed with two accomplices, Raham Abubakar and Sadiya Mohammed.

“The suspects were found in possession of a Beretta pistol, a pistol magazine and 21 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Troops also recovered five ATM cards from different banks, two mobile phones and suspected illicit drugs. “The suspects are currently assisting in future investigations.”

The military also said troops arrested a suspected kidnapper during a stop and search operation in Oyo State.

The service said the suspect confessed to being a kidnapper and cattle thief.

“In a related development, troops acting on alert for a kidnapping syndicate operating around Sepeteri in Shaki general area of ​​Oyo State, carried out a stop and search operation along the road Igboho-Igbeti in Igbeti Local Government Area. Troops intercepted a suspected kidnapper, Usman Mohammed Aliyu, who was found in possession of N400,000.00.

“During further investigation, Aliyu confessed to being involved in cattle rustling and kidnapping. The suspects will be handed over to the relevant judicial agencies after investigations,” the statement added.

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