By our correspondent
The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, high command on Tuesday said kidnappers have changed tactics by using motor parks to lure their victims and paraded one of the suspects involved in the act and 33 others over kidnappings and car theft.
Parading them before newsmen at the Guzape office of Special Tactical Squad, STS, of Police, the Force Public Relations Officer FPRO CP Frank Mba said citizens should be aware of the new method being used by kidnappers to catch people who are innocent travellers on the nation’s roads.
Mba said the arrests and profiling of the suspected kidnappers is as a result of the operational breakthrough of the Police Force led by the Inspector-General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba and men of the Force.
He noted that the Police needed to intimate the citizens of the emerging crime trends and save them from attack.
The suspect Bashir Sule (25), arrested with Army camouflage uniform, is the kingpin of a gang of kidnappers who operated in concert multiple kidnapping operations in the Kano-Kaduna road with Army camouflage uniforms.
The Force Spokesman said Bashir Sule devised an ingeneous way of beating security and usually take his vehicle to motor park in the cities, load it to the full, and carry the unsuspecting passengers to area where he operates with the gang.
Mba said: “Bashir goes to motor parks and loads passengers from these parks and take them to the bandits base in the bush where the passengers are kidnapped.
“These are dangerous developments. However, no matter how creative you think you might be, we have the capacity to track you down and bring you to justice”.
On how much he has gotten from the victims, the suspect confessed to have gotten N75,000.00 out of a kidnap operation that the victims paid N400,000.00 to the gang and N40,000 and N35,000.00 at different times.
The Force image maker also paraded an 11 man gang of kidnappers including two famale suspects who had also carried out multiple kidnap operations.
The two female suspects, according to the Force Spokesman, are Aisha Ibrahim, 30 and Hafsat Adamu, 24, who were said to be brain behind the ferrying of arms from one location of kidnap operation to another.
Aisha confessed to be the ringleader’s of the group; Babangida’s girl friend and moves the ammunitions used for the dirty job inter state.
The other eight (8) suspects were said to be a gang of kidnap for ransom criminals who were arrested by the Special Tactical Squad team that were allged to be pepertrating transnational crime of car snatching and sales along the states of the North West of Nigeria.
Mba said the gang members steal cars from their owners and take them to Niger Republic for sale.
According to the Police image maker, a total of 15 Toyota Corolla have so far been recovered from these criminally minded middle aged suspects.
He added that the criminals use jammer to block all forms of communication from the car manufacturers and the relevant agencies of government to foreclose any form of trace for the stolen cars.
He therefore adivsed that owners of cars should subscribe to car tracking devises to ensure the safety of their vehicles.
All the suspects, according to FPRO will be charged to the nation’s law courts upon the conclusion of investigations on these crimes.