Two members of a trans-national kidnap syndicate involved in the kidnap of an American Citizen, Philippe Nathan Walton, have nabbed by the Nigeria Police Force
Frank Mba DCP, the Force Public Relations Officer, in a statement in Abuja, Thursday, said Walton was kidnapped on October, 28th, 2020 at his farm in Masalata Village, Republic of Niger.
The suspects, are Aliyu Abdullahi 21yrs a.k.a. Mallam, and Aliyu Umaru 23yrs a.k.a. Kwatte Kusu, both from Sokoto State, has been arrested.
According to him, the two suspects – members of a 15-man kidnap gang of Nigerian/Nigerien extraction, led by Barte Dan Alhaji and Dan Buda – were arrested following a special intelligence-led operation aimed at arresting the criminal gang, disrupting and halting other criminal activities by them.
Adding that investigation by the Intelligence Response Team reveal that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of their cohorts – 4 Nigeriens and 2 Nigerians who died during the rescue operations.
Stressing that the Force is collaborating with its Nigerien counterpart in the investigations to apprehend other members of the transnational syndicate currently at large.
Mba further said that as part of efforts at tackling transnational crimes, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, is working in concert with other members of the West African Police Chiefs Organization (WAPCO) to deepen intelligence sharing amongst security agencies in the ECOWAS sub-region and strengthen security along the international borders of member States.
The suspects he said will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.
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