MEN of the Adamawa State Police Command have arrested one of their own men following the launch of a crackdown on kidnapping that revealed that a serving sergeant identified as Abdulrazaq Dahiru was one of the kingpins of the operation.
Like most of Nigeria’s 35 other states, Adamawa has been victim of the crime wave sweeping across the country, with kidnapping being one of the main scourges. In an attempt to crack down on the menace, the Adamawa State Police Command entered into collaboration with Fulani volunteer groups and have so far arrested 71 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and rapists.
Adamawa State police commissioner Audu Madaki, revealed that one of those arrested in the swoop is a Sergeant Abdulrazaq Dahiru. According to Mr Madaki, Sergeant Dahiru supplied the hoodlums with nine rounds of live ammunition that facilitated their criminal activities on at least three occasions.
Mr Madaki said: “The suspects had conspired and kidnapped people in parts of the state and collected N3.8m as ransom. On March 8 2020, while interrogating the apprehended kidnappers, one among them confessed to having been romancing with Sergeant Abdulrazaq Dahiru, hence the command apprehended him and he is now undergoing interrogations.”
According to the commissioner, items recovered from the suspects include 13 AK 47 rifles, 761 rounds of live ammunition, 18 magazines and five locally made pistols. While commending members of the Fulani volunteer groups of Miyetti Allah and Tabital-Puulaku, for their resilient efforts in assisting police and other security agencies in the state, Mr Madaki, said that 11 kidnappers have voluntarily surrendered themselves and vowed to assist in fishing out other criminals.
Also, the police also said 51 notorious armed youth known as Shila Boys, who have been robbing commuters in the state, were arrested at their hideouts in Jambutu, Dobeli and Kofare, with various dangerous weapons and hard drugs. So far, no one has been charged to court yet.