The Kogi State Police has just arrested 16 suspected kidnappers, within the age range of 16–45 who mostly kill innocent victims and take out their vital organs for money rituals.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, who announced the arrest on Friday in Abuja, named the suspects as Yakubu Hamidu (gang leader), Abdullahi Ibrahim, Shaibu Adamu and Ubile Attah.
The others are Julius Hassan, Shehu Haliru, Abdullahi Tijjani, Sale Adama, Musa Abdullahi, Yakubu Yahaya, Adama Shagari, Isaac Alfa, Baba Isah, Idoko Benjamin, Akwu Audu and Abdullahi Zakari.
The force spokesman said one pump action rifle, two locally fabricated single barrel guns and three short axes were recovered from the suspects.
He said one of the suspects, Ubile Attah masterminded the kidnap and murder of a Police Inspector, Abdul Alfa on Nov. 28, 2017 and snatched his rifle.
Moshood said following complaints of missing persons in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi, the Inspector-General of Police directed the IGP Strike Force attached to Operation Absolute Sanity to investigate the cases.
“In the course of investigation, it was discovered that this gang–from information and intelligence gathered from public spirited individuals and other residents–, were responsible for kidnapping, gruesome murder, and ritual killings of innocent people in Kogi State. Travellers passing through Kogi State and strangers coming into towns in the area were mostly victims.
“Yakubu Hamidu, Gang Leader (Vigilante Commander of Ankpa), a native of Ankpa and the vigilante leader in the community along with his vigilante guards are the hit-men responsible for the killings of several victims. They take out their vital body organs and sell them to personalities within and outside the State for rituals,” Moshood said.
He further alleged that Hamidu and his members now in custody confessed to the crime and admitted that they were sponsored and working for Abdulahi Ibrahim Ali a.k.a (Halims) and Shaibu Adamu a.k.a AYE-MARINA.
The force spokesman said they confessed to have handed over the body parts to the duo and collected huge sums of money in hundreds of thousands of Naira.
He said Abdulahi Ibrahim Ali a.k.a (Halims) who has volunteered statement to the investigators “is now in Police custody and is suspected to have used the proceed of crime to build and own so many properties including big hotels and several petroleum stations in Kogi State.”
Moshood added that Shaibu Adamu a.k.a AYE MARINA without known profession or any known means of livelihood was suspected also to have built mansions and four filling stations in Ankpa, and another four at Onyangede in Benue State with the proceeds of the crime.
“The suspects further confessed to the killings and removal of body parts of the following victims James M (other names yet to be known), Christopher (other names yet to be known), Mohammed (other names yet to be known), Small Case (Real name unknown) and Omu (other names yet to be known) and Inspector Abdul Alfa (who was ambushed and axed to death on his head from behind) by Julius Alhassan and his gang.
Moshood said investigation was being concluded and efforts intensified to arrest other suspects that include prominent personalities linked to the crime but still at large.
According to him, they will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.