Police parade 16 suspects in Plateau
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command has paraded about 16 suspects involved in different crimes.
In what will refer to as ideal synergy with operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and in line with the policy direction of the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammad Abubarkar Adamu, on restructuring of Community Policing; the operatives of DSS in the state were able to track down two other members of a notorious gang of kidnappers, who had escaped the gun battle with the police with bullet wounds.
The notorious gang of kidnappers was those who murdered one Dr. Nandi Drenkat, a lecturer at the University of Jos and kidnapped his seven-year old daughter.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Chuka Egbuka disclosed this recently during a press conference at Police Headquarters in Jos.
On interrogation by the DSS operatives, the suspects confessed to being part of the gang that murdered the lecturer and kidnapped his daughter and they took the operatives to their hideouts, where two firearms were recovered, an AK 47 rifle with two rounds of ammunition and a baretta pistol with seven rounds of ammunition.
The commissioner said, the barrette pistol was stolen from late Sergeant Jonathan Danladi of Laranto Division who had an encounter with the same dreaded gang of kidnappers early last month at ECWA base Jos.
He said the police Sergeant, in a bid to rescue an 18-year old female victim of the gang was shot dead and his berretta pistol stolen, adding that the same gang killed a DSS personnel on December 30, 2017, along Dong-Miango/Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area.
According to him, the suspects have confessed to several other kidnapping incidents, armed robberies and killings within Jos metropolis and Bassa Local Government Area of the state from 2017 to date.
Mr. Egbuka noted that the Command, in collaboration with other security agencies, has launched an aggressive manhunt for other members of the gang still at large.
Also the command arrested two suspected kidnappers early last month for kidnapping one Alhaji Ahmadu Jipji.
It enjoined members of the public to remain vigilant, security conscious and continue to maintain the strong synergy with the police and other security agencies through volunteering of credible information that would lead to the arrest of criminal elements in the state.
It also urged members of the public to report any strange face or suspicious person within the communities should be immediately exposed by informing the police.
He assured that the command has emplaced adequate security arrangements that would guarantee the security of lives and property in the state.
Mr. Egbuka advised criminal elements in their own interest to either retrace their steps and desist from their unholy acts or relocate from