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By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – The Plateau State Police Command, on Friday paraded 44 persons who allegedly committed diverse criminal acts chief of which is kidnapping in various communities in the State.

The State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Yabanet told journalists at the Police Headquarters in Jos that the suspects engaged in crimes ranging from impersonation, kidnapping, rape, culpable homicide, armed robbery, cultism, and gun running, among others.

On kidnapping, he said, “Sometime in March 2024, we received credible intelligence from an informant reporting a kidnap incident and our men from the Anti-kidnapping Unit swung to action immediately. One Babangida Jibrin male, of Dong Kasa village was arrested in connection with the crime. The victim has been able to identify the suspect through an identification parade, as one of those who kidnapped him. Discreet investigation is in progress with a view to arrest other suspects who are currently at large.”

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On impersonation, he added, “On 04/03/2024 at about 02:30 pm, one Shedrack Sabo ‘m’ of ATM quarters, Bukuru reported at the SWAT Unit that on 16/02/2024 at about 04:30 pm, one Lucky Okoh male, showed him a military identity card and introduced himself as a captain in the military.

“He further convinced him to pay the sum of N110, 000.00k to secure him a job. The suspect, one Lucky Okoh male, of Guratopp was arrested by SWAT operatives on 04/03/2024 at about 03: 00pm. After a thorough search was conducted on his house, one military identity card, three Nigerian army recruitment forms and one NSCDC recruitment form were recovered. The investigation is ongoing.”

The CP appreciated members of the public for their cooperation and support and encouraged them to continue to give the Police timely and accurate information to enable them to stem the tide of crime in the State.