Police personnel in close collaboration with Ahmed Ali Kwara Hunters Squad killed about five suspected armed kidnappers in Giade, Giade local government area of Bauchi State.
The neutralised suspected kidnappers who hailed from Bauchi and Taraba States, met their Waterloo when they invaded Giade on admission to abduct innocent residents for ransom.
Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command, Auwal Musa Mohammed disclosed this to reporters in a press briefing in Giade on Monday.
“Taping from the fruits of collaboration with relevant security agencies, on the 11th February 2024 at about 0200hrs, information at the disposal of the Command indicated that some unknown people numbering about five (5) armed with AK-47 riffles, invaded Giade LGA with the sole aim to kidnapped innocent citizens of the locality.
“On receiving the information, a team of detectives in collaboration with Ahmed Ali Kwara Hunters Squad, swiftly swung into action and engaged the suspected kidnappers in a gun duel. As a result, all of the suspected bandits were neutralized instantly.
“Preliminary investigation uncovered that the suspected kidnappers were invited by one Abdullahi surname unknown from Bauchi and Taraba States respectively.
“Furthermore, the kidnappers were the same gang who kidnapped one Emeka of Itas-Gadau sometime in 2023 and collected the sum of N10 million naira as ransom; they also kidnapped one person in Giade and collected the sum of Seven hundred and seventy-four thousand nairas (774,000).
“The suspected kidnappers were not limited to kidnapping criminal activities but also engaged in a higher killing people where they were paid and killed/burned to ashes one Ibrahim Dodo of Baranda village Jigawa State,” he said.
CP Mohammed said security personnel recovered about 103 7.62x39mm calibre ammunitions; three live ammunition 9mm calibre; 4 Cartridges; 5 magazines; 2 locally made Pistol; one AK-47 riffle; one AK-49 riffle and One locally-made AK-47.
The Commissioner of Police called on members of the public to make credible intelligence information available to the police for proactive policing to secure the lives and property of citizens.