Police arrest ‘spiritual father’ of kidnappers, killer of king Agom Adara

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Months after the death of the King of Agom Adara, the police
said it has arrested the spiritual leader and mastermind connected to the
killing of the traditional leader.

In an operation the police described as the biggest catches
since the launch of Operation Puff Adder, the police said it arrested one Malam
Salisu Abubakar, said to be the spiritual godfather of kidnappers and another
man who claimed to have masterminded

The king who was returning from Kaduna in October last year,
after a meeting with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, was ambushed and killed, even
after ransom was paid.

Police said 17 other notorious kidnappers and armed robbers
were arrested at different times and places across the country.

In a statement by Force PRO, DCP Frank Mba, police also said
they impounded from the bandits 22 AK 47 rifles, five locally fabricated
pistols and a cache of live ammunition.

According to Mba: “The combined team of crack detectives
from IRT, TIU and other Operatives, using actionable intelligence obtained from
the Spiritual god father of the kidnappers and other multiple sources,
tactically “smoked out” the kidnappers and armed bandits from their hide-outs
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.”

Mba said the suspects have positively been linked to some of
the most heinous crimes committed in Kaduna States and its environs in recent

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“Specifically for example, Abubakar Ibrahim alias Dan Habu,
aged 37 years and a native of Kabam in Igabi local Government Area of Kaduna
state, who was arrested on the 15th April 2019 at Rigachikun in Igabi Local
Government Area of Kaduna State, confessed to the Kidnapping and gruesome
murder of HRH King Agom Adara of Kajuru LGA and many other kidnappings and

“Similarly, the arrested gang members were also indicted by
investigations for the kidnap and murder of Mallam Yakubu Usman, 40 years old
male of Jere LGA, Kaduna State and many other crimes.

“All the eighteen male suspects listed below are currently
in Police custody, assisting in the on-going investigations.

“They are: Abubakar Ibrahim Alias Dan Habu, 37 years native
of Igabi local Government Area of Kaduna State; Johnson Okafor 44 years, native
of Anambra State and resident of Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State;
Shaibu Iliyasu Alias Smally, 20 years native of Rijiana Kaduna Road Abuja;
Ishaik Dabo Alias Keke 38 years native of Maraban Jos Igabi LGA of Kaduna
State; Mohammed Nasiru 25 year native of Manunfashi LGA of Katsina State; Aminu
Haruna 25 years native of Galadimawa Village in Giwa LGA of Kaduna State; Shafiu
Alhaji Gudau 25 years native of Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State; Auwalu Hamisu 24
years native of Tashan Fulani village in Manunfashi LGA of Katsina State; Ado
Ya’u, 35 years native of Rigoji Village in Kafur LGA of Katsina State; Ibrahim
Yusuf, 30yrs native of Kujama Village Kaduna State; Ibrahim Audu, 22yrs native
of Kujama Village Kaduna State; Salisu Ajah, 50yrs native of Galadimawa Village
Giwa LGA Kaduna State; Nasiru Umaru, 25yrs native of Manumfashi LGA Katsina
State; Magaji Abubakar, 27yrs native of Kujama Village Kaduna State; Salisu
Ali, 18yrs native of Kujama Village Kaduna State; Lawal Shadari, 22yrs native
of Rijiana Village Kaduna State; Junaidu Lawal, 18yrs native of Rijiana Village
Kaduna State and Usman Musa, 43yrs native of Rijiana Village Kaduna State.

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“Although, the suspects belong to different fairly
independent but vicious criminal gangs, their operations are centrally
coordinated by their spiritual god father Mallam Salisu Abubakar.

“Efforts are currently being intensified to arrest other
gang members still at large, and recover all weapons in the gangs’ armoury.”

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