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Tears Of Joy As Police Arrests Spiritual Godfather Of 17 Criminals Who Killed Traditional Leader

Just after all hopes seemed lost for the people of Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State after their traditional ruler, Dr. Maiwada Galadima was abducted and killed by criminals, joy and hope was restored after the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) arrested the prime suspect and 17 others in connection with the sad incident. More details below.

During the “Operation Puff Adder” recently launched by the Nigerian police, a suspect, Abubakar Ibrahim, 37, was apprehended by policemen who were on a mission to flush out bandits, kidnappers and other criminals from the North West, North East and other parts of the country.

The criminals abducted and murdered the late traditional leader after collecting a ransom of N10 million.

They also gunned down his police orderly, kidnapped his wife and driver who were later released. His own vehicle was stopped at the military checkpoint at Idon on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway and shot his police orderly before kidnapping him.

Ibrahim’s arrest was linked by the police to the unmasking and detention of a “spiritual father” of kidnappers and armed bandits operating in the northern part of the country, Mallam Salisu Abubakar.

Using actionable intelligence obtained from the spiritual godfather of the kidnappers and other multiple sources, the police were able to fish out the kidnappers and armed bandits from their hideouts in Birnin Gwari, Rijana, Katari, Mai Daro and Buruku Forests in Kaduna State before they were eventually arrested at different locations and times in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Kogi States respectively.

According to Frank Mba, The Police Force public relations officer, all the 18 male suspects are in police custody assisting the officers in the on-going investigations into various crimes in Kaduna and other states in the North West and North Central Zones.

The suspects, according to him are Abubakar Ibrahim alias Dan Habu, 37, a native of Igabi local government area of Kaduna State; Johnson Okafor, 44, a native of Anambra State and resident of Suleja local government area of Niger State; Shaibu Iliyasu alias Smally, 20, a native of Rijiana, Kaduna Road, Abuja; Ishaik Dabo alias Keke, 38, a native of Maraban Jos, Igabi LGA of Kaduna State; Mohammed Nasiru, 25, a native of Manunfashi LGA of Katsina State; Aminu Haruna, 25, a native of Galadimawa Village in Giwa LGA of Kaduna State; Shafiu Alhaji Gudau, 25, a native of Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State;

Auwalu Hamisu, 24, a native of Tashan Fulani village in Malumfashi LGA of Katsina State; Ado Ya’u, 35, a native of Rigoji Village in Kafur LGA of Katsina State; Ibrahim Yusuf, 30, a native of Kujama Village of Kaduna State; Ibrahim Audu, 22, a native of Kujama Village, Kaduna State; Salisu Ajah, 50, a native of Galadimawa Village, Giwa LGA of Kaduna State and Nasiru Umaru, 25, a native of Malumfashi LGA of Katsina State.

Frank concluded saying that all efforts are currently being intensified to arrest the other gang members still at large and recover all weapons in the gangs’ armoury.


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