Some of the suspects paraded by the Police in Nasarawa State.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Police Command has paraded 24 suspected criminals who had been disturbing the peace of residents of the state.

The suspects were paraded at the Command’s headquarters in Lafia on Thursday.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, while reiterating the command’s commitment to eradicating crime across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state, commended the police officers attached to the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the command, led by SP Lapshak Lenka, for their efforts in ensuring that criminal elements do not have a hiding place in the state.

Speaking on the arrest of a suspected notorious Kidnapper identified as Shuaibu Mohammed AKA Chiyawa, the PPRO said the suspect who had been on the wanted list of the police, was arrested while he was trying to escape from the state.

He said, “On 19/4/2023 at about 5pm, and based on a tip off, operatives of the Command’s Anti-kidnapping unit arrested a kidnap kingpin named Shuaibu Mohammed AKA Chiyawa ‘M’ of Kadarko, Giza Development Area.

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“The suspect who investigation has shown to be the gang leader of a notorious kidnapping syndicate terrorizing Dadere, Mararaba Akunza, Lafia, Agyaragu, Kadarko and environs, has been on the wanted list of the Command for various cases of kidnapping and has been evading arrest before nemesis caught up with him.”

Similarly, the State police command also paraded two suspected criminals who had been involved in issues relating to kidnapping and armed robbery in the Lafia Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking on the arrest of the suspects, the Police PPRO said, “recently, while acting based on credible intelligence, one Adamu Gagare Sule ‘M’ 25years and Umar Idris 20years, who have been on the wanted list of the command for offences of kidnapping were arrested at Kiguna Village, Lafia East Development area by operatives of the command.

“Upon Interrogation, the suspects confessed to have kidnapped four people and took them to a forest reserve in Qua’anpan LGA of Plateau State and came to town to buy food for the victims held captive before luck ran out of them.

“Also, the suspects admitted to have engaged in various acts of kidnapping and armed robbery at Lafia East, Awe and Jenkwe Development area of Obi LGA.”

Nansel added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Maiyaki Baba, had directed that the suspects be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Lafia.