Richard Ginika Izuora
The Police have arrested one Bashir Sule alongside eight others who allegedly specialised in the abduction of travellers on major highways in North-West Nigeria.
The nine-man syndicate was arrested after the Force uncovered their plan to carry out a major abduction of travellers along the Kano-Katsina expressway.
Investigations by the Police revealed that Sule, the 25-year-old prime suspect, uses a commuter bus to pick passengers from motor parks and conveys them to an arranged destination.
“Bashir, while driving to the expected destination, stops at an agreed meeting point where his other gang members swoop in, attack, rob and abduct the passengers.
“The criminals thereafter contact the families of the victims for ransom before their release,” a statement by the police, signed by its spokesperson, Force Spokesman Frank Mba revealed.
Mba further disclosed that Bashir, “sometimes joins commuter buses as a passenger and in the course of the journey provides information to his other gang members who then lie in wait for the innocent co-travellers”.
The Police noted that in both instances, Bashir acts like a victim who barely escaped the attack.
The suspects are: Bashir Sule, 25-years-old; Abubakar Haruna, 30-years-old; Babangida Bature, 25-years-old; Aliyu Idris, 24-years-old; Adam Jafar, 26-years-old; Usman Idris, 24-years-old; Yusuf Idris, 45-years-old; Sale Musa, 25-years-old and Umar Sale, 22-years-old respectively.