2 ex-convicts, two others arrested for banditry

Four suspected bandits, including two ex-convicts terrorizing a border town between Kaduna State and the Federal Capital Territory have been arrested by security operatives.

The quartet were arrested when security personnel stormed kidnappers camps at Gidan Dogo and Kweti Forest, Kaduna State, bordering FCT.

Spokesperson for FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh said on Sunday in a statement that they were dislodged at their hideout on Saturday June 7, 2024, at about 10:00 am by a team of security agents.

The notorious criminal suspects were identified as Yahaya Abubakar, 25 ‘m’ of Mpape, Mohammed Mohamed 32 ‘m’ of Zuba (an ex-convict), Umar Aliyu 20 and 32-year-old Nura Abdullahi, known as an ex-convict at Kubwa and Zuba hills respectively.

The operation, carried out in synergy with the special forces of guards brigade and DSS hunters, resulted in a shootout between the suspected bandits and the security operatives.

The firepower of the security agents forced the hoodlums who erected structures by the kidnappers in all the patrolled camps that were destroyed, to scamper to safety and their hostages rescued.

The statement also revealed that the rescued hostages had been reunited with their families and loved ones on the order of the Commissioner of police, FCT, CP Benneth Igweh.

The statement also said “the suspects freely confessed to being members of a notorious bandit syndicate with the name ‘Mai One Million’, responsible for a series of kidnappings and other heinous crimes in FCT and its environs”.

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