5 suspected kidnappers, bandits neutralized as Bauchi Police foiled kidnap attempt
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Five suspected bandits/kidnappers who attempted to kidnap their victims in Giade, headquarters of Giade Local Government Area of Bauchi State have been killed by the State Police Command.
The Police also recovered the firearms which they were using for their criminal activities during the operation.
The Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command, Auwal Muhammad Musa made the disclosure during a press briefing he addressed on Monday, 12, February, 2024 at the Giade Police Division, Giade LGA of the State.
He stated that, “Taping from the fruits of collaboration with relevant security agencies, on the 11th February 2024 at about 0200hrs, information at the disposal of the Command indicated that some unknown people numbering not fewer than Five, armed with AK-47 riffles, invaded Giade LGA with the sole aim to kidnap innocent citizens of the locality.”
The CP added that,”On receiving the information, a team of detectives in collaboration with Ahmed Ali Kwara Hunters Squad, swiftly swung into action and engaged the suspected kidnappers in a gun duel. As a result, all of the suspected bandits were neutralized instantly.”
According to him,”Preliminary investigation uncovered that the suspected kidnappers were invited by one Abdullahi surname unknown from Bauchi and Taraba States respectively.”
Musa also pointed out that, “Furthermore, the kidnappers were the same gang who kidnapped one Emeka of Itas-Gadau some times in the year 2023 and collected the sum of N10 million as ransom.”
He added that, “They also kidnapped one person in Giade and collected the sum of N774,000, the suspected kidnappers were not limited to kidnapping criminal activities but also engaged in a higher killing people, where they were paid and killed and burnt to ashes, one Ibrahim Dodo of Baranda village, Jigawa State.”
“Again, it is the same armed men who terrorized Burra, Ningi, Jama’are, Itas-Gadau, and Giade LGAs area of Bauchi State,” he added.
The CP then stressed that the Command has not rested on its oars as the personnel have engaged and neutralized some of their gang members in a daring operation at Jama’are, Ningi, and now in Giade LGAs of the State.
He however said that,”It is worthy to note that these successes were made through collective efforts and collaboration made possible with the Ahmed Ali Kwara Hunters Squad.”
During the operation, some prohibited firearms were recovered from the suspects which included 103 live ammunition, 7.62x39mm caliber of AK47 riffle, three live ammunition, 9mm caliber, four cartridges, five magazines, two locally made pistol, one AK-47 riffle, one AK-49 riffle and one locally-made AK-47.
The CP stressed that, “In line with the constitutional mandate of the Nigeria Police Force, as clearly stated in Section 214 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Policing Mission and Mandate as enshrined in Sections 4 and 5 of the Nigeria Police Act 2020 as amended, my unalloyed commitment and that of the officers and men of this Command is to ensure the safety and security of the people of Bauchi State.”
He said that,”This will be achieved through practical, proactive policing, community engagement, strict and effective law enforcement strategies. We are determined to create a peaceful and crime-free environment in which all residents of Bauchi State can flourish.”
According to him,”Our vision is to be a highly professional and trustworthy Police Force that serves as a beacon of excellence in maintaining law and order. We aim to build a strong partnership with community members, local organizations, and law enforcement agencies to foster a safe and secure environment for all and sundry. My vision for effective policing of Bauchi State will rest on active Community Engagement.
“There is no gainsaying that community policing is the cornerstone of a safer society. I am wholeheartedly committed to operationalizing community policing from a concept into an indispensable operational tool,” he added.
He then explained that, “In community engagement, the Police should be:
visible, accessible, and responsive to the public at all times; know, and be known to the public; respond to the communities’ needs; listen to the communities’ concerns; engage and mobilize the communities; be accountable for their activities and the outcome of the activities.”
Furthermore, he said that,”In line with the core principles and responsibilities outlined in Sections 4 and 5 of the Nigerian Police Act 2020, I shall leverage our available human and material resources to enhance the overall well-being of the people of Bauchi State. This will be achieved through active collaboration with community leaders, organizations, and residents to build trust and collaborate on joint problem-solving together by focusing on the enforcement of laws, preservation of peace, protection of our citizens, and the maintenance of law and order.
“I am also grateful to the 22nd indigenous Inspector-General of Police, Federal Republic of Nigeria, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, a consummate Super Cop with consummate skills. Also, I wish to express my profound gratitude to Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir, Governor of Bauchi State, for his unwavering support and commitment to the security and safety of Bauchi State,” the CP added.