- CP says arrested suspects are between 20 and 30 years old.
- Says suspect is good in defaming high profile personalities by putting his victims in fear of death.
The Kaduna State Police Command has announced the arrest of 36 suspected criminals and recovery of 486 livestock from cattle rustlers in the state in the last few weeks.
The Commissioner of Police (CP), Ahmad Abdurrahman, who revealed this to Journalists on Friday in Kaduna attributed the feat to the recently launched ‘Operation Puff Adder’ by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and the subsequent confidence-building campaign the Command vigorously carried out under his supervision particularly along Kaduna – Abuja Expressway.
The CP also noted that the efforts led to some successes with the arrest of 36 suspects belonging to different suspected criminal gangs who allegedly terrorize citizens of the State.
The CP, who further said his men recently embarked on an intensive manhunt of bandits and other criminals that attack people while pursuing their normal businesses within the Command with a view to arresting and bringing all the culprits to book disclosed that the command within the period under review, recovered 486 livestock made up of 393 cows and 93 sheep from rustlers.
While noting that while nine of the suspects were arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy and armed robbery; 18 suspects for criminal conspiracy kidnapping and armed robbery; six of the suspects were nabbed for criminal conspiracy armed robbery and cattle rustling.
He further revealed that most of the suspects were between the ages 20 and 30 which include a certain Mohammed Jamilu, 30, who specializes in ”defaming high profile personalities by putting his victims in fear of death or grievous hurt through false information that is capable of inciting disturbance to extort money from his victims.
“The suspect went around meeting clergymen and telling them that the executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai had contracted him to eliminate some notable clergymen in Kaduna State.
“The Police acted on intelligence and arrested the suspect and he has confessed to the allegation,” he said.