Former DSS personnel, ten others paraded for kidnapping, armed robbery
The Police Wednesday in Abuja paraded former personnel of Department of State Service and ten others for their alleged involvement in kidnapping and armed robbery.
The suspects were arrested after they kidnapped one Alhaji Isa Salami Former General Manager Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) and Managing Director Nigeria Paper Mills Jebba and Chairman Gateway Insurance.
The victim was rescued from the kidnappers’ hideout, a two bedroom house rented by the kidnappers in remote side of Suleja Town of Niger State.
The gang consists of the gang leader, the second in command, former DSS personnel, driver, guards, and the supplier of registered sim cards which they use for their operation.
Those paraded are; Kelvin Emeka, Ndubushi Prince Uzor, Abdulraheed Maigari, Sunday Travnor, Zayor Alfred, Avah Joseph, Gabriel Friday, Rajab Baba Ishiaka, Ali Sani, Nuhu Sule and Mohammed Abubakar.
Items recovered from them included one AK 47 rifle, three AK 47 magazines, 90 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, two pistols, 14 rounds of 9mm live ammunition and two bedroom flats at different locations in Suleja.
The Police disclosed that the arrested former DSS personnel had earlier been dismissed by the service for alleged involvement in a N310million foreign exchange scandal belonging to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
Speaking during a press briefing in Abuja at the Force headquarters, the Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood said operatives of IGP Intelligence Response team IRT jointly with Anti kidnap Squad of FCT Police Command swung into action following the kidnap of Alh. Isa Ozi Salami.
Highlighting the roles played by each member of the gang, he said: ” Kelvin EMEKA 28yrs overall gang leader, who was earlier Charged to Gwagwalada High Court in October 2016 with 3 others for Kidnapping and armed robbery of several people in Abuja.
“The suspect and his gang members were released by the Court on 8/12/16 less than 8 weeks after being charged for kidnapping and armed robbery.”
“Ndubisi Prince Ozor, the second in command was also charged to court for armed robbery in November 2016 and was released by Court on 25/1/17.
Continuing, Moshood said: “Abdulrasheed Maigari 35yrs native of Donga LGA Area Taraba State a 2006 Political Science graduate of Bayero University Kano recruited into DSS as a graduate Officer and was dismissed and charged to court for robbing N310million with some dismissed Army Personnel in Abuja.
“He was also released by Court and he immediately joined the gang and became the coordinator and also rented the two houses where victims were kept.”
Others who were paraded are: “Sunday Tyavnor, he is the arms dealer who sold the AK47 Rifle used for the kidnappings for four hundred and seventy thousand naira (₦470,000) and the two (2) Pistols for sixty thousand naira (₦60,000) each. He was arrested in Nasarawa State.
“Mohammed Abubakar 21years, a native of Mokwa LGA Niger State supplier of pre-registered Sim cards to the kidnappers.”
Other members of the gang were guards responsible for guarding and securing the victim from escaping.
The police added that the suspects were identified by the victims, adding that they also confessed to the crime admitting to the various roles they played in the commission of various kidnappings, armed robberies and other violent crimes linked to them.
The police stated that they would be charged to court on completion of investigation.