One kidnapper has been killed during a raid carried out by Gombe police command in collaboration with local vigilante members and hunters.
Two suspects were also nabbed during the raid carried out on August 19, 2022. The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mahid Abubakar said police officers acted on credible information received by the Divisional Police Officer of Pindiga Division.
The DPO was reportedly told that some suspected kidnappers planned to strike a target around Pindiga, Akko Local Government Area of the state.
“The police patrol team, in collaboration with the vigilante members and hunters, intercepted two suspects at Tudun Kwaya village of Billiri LGA.
“The arrested suspects are one Sani Shehu, male, aged 25 years and Mohammed Adamu, aged 23 years, both male from Dukku LGA of of the state, who were en route their secret rendezvous at Yankari forest.”
Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to being members of a kidnapping syndicate terrorising Pindiga, Akko LGA.
“While preliminary investigation revealed that the kingpin, one Sani Shehu, led the officials to where they hid their weapons inside Yankari forest, one AK-47 rifle, two magazines loaded with 18 rounds of live ammunition, one fabricated sterling rifle, a locally made revolver pistol with a pair of Army camouflage uniform were recovered from the forest.”
Shehu who attempted to escape, “was hit by a bullet and was rushed to General Hospital Kashere where he was certified dead by a medical doctor while receiving treatment. His Corpse has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.”
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ishola Babaita, has directed that the case be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation and prosecution.”