The police have arrested the leader of a notorious kidnapping gang, identified as Mallam Bala.
He was arrested alongside one Abdullahi Ruwa (a.k.a Juli).
The kidnap kingpins were nabbed at Atako forest of Kuje area council, Abuja.
Spokesperson of the FCT Police Command,
DSP Josephine Adeh, disclosed in a statement on Friday that the kidnappers were arrested following intelligence which revealed plans by the criminal group to kidnap a Reverend at Nukku Village in the Abaji area council of the FCT.
The statement added that two mobile phones with special lines were recovered from Mallam Bala, which he used in communicating with other gang members while they perfected their plans.
Two Gionee mobile phones which the gang uses in contacting the families of their victims for ransom were also recovered from Abdullahi Ruwa.
In another development, Police Operatives from Dawaki Division, got an intel which led to the arrest of one Awal Abdullahi, a suspected member of a kidnapping syndicate that has been on the watch list of the Police.
The suspect confessed to have participated in two kidnap operations carried out by his gang recently.
Further investigations led to the arrest of one Isah Yusuf and three (3) other members of the syndicate.
Efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang in the two operations that are still at large, DSP Adeh said, adding that all the suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation.
“The Command urges residents to remain calm while reaffirming its unflinching commitment to rid the FCT of every form of crimes and criminality and protect the lives and property of residents. The command also implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergencies or distresses through the following lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.” the statement concluded.