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Police arrest 27 suspected kidnappers in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested 27 suspects for alleged armed robbery and kidnapping in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, told journalists on Monday that the suspects were arrested from different locations across the state within the last two weeks.

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While parading some of the suspects at the Police Command headquarters in Lafia, Longe said some of the suspects were connected to the killing of Amos Obere, head of Odu community in Nasarawa Local Government Area.

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Longe explained that the suspected killers of the village head were arrested at a drinking joint in Nasarawa town where they were having fun. He also stated that the suspects also confessed to kidnapping some commuters in Loko village, who were travelling from Otukpo in Benue state to Abuja.

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The Commissioner disclosed that the suspects behind the killing of a Superintendent of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Salisu Usman-Maku and his sister, Sa’datu Usman-Maku, in Gudi, Akwanga Local Government Area, were also in police custody.

Other suspects who are being held in Police custody according to Longe, are the alleged kidnappers of Bishop Joseph Masin, who is the State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria.

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He noted that seven firearms and several rounds of live ammunition, as well as a vehicle were recovered from the suspects during the various operations.

Longe said, “The command wants to assert unequivocally that the security of lives and property of every law-abiding citizen remains its priority and will not shy away from this constitutional duty.

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“In the light of this, we want to reassure the public of our avowed commitment to the realisation of this objective.

“The police also want to appreciate members of the public, traditional rulers and other security agencies for their support and cooperation, which impacted positively on the police achievements in recent times.”