Nigerian Navy Nabs ‘Brutal’ Kidnappers who Killed Captives over Ransom

Following continuous surveillance for over 4 months of some dangerous criminal syndicates operating in Kachia and other parts of the State, we were able to conduct simultaneous surgical operations to effect their arrest in various locations through effective intelligence network in various locations within the State.

Some of them were caught in isolated forests where they were hibernating, while others were caught in hotels and their houses.

The arrested criminals include Abubakar Duguri alias Kure, Saleh Magaji alias Bodori, Idris Iliyasu, Auwal Yahyah, and Monore Abu. Others are Mohammed Wakili, Tanimu Ibrahim alias Sambo, Abdullahi Adamu alias Yellow and Umar Alhassan.

These criminals are responsible for various criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed banditry and cattle rustling in Kachia and other parts of the State.

Various items were recovered from them which include weapons, motorbikes and military camouflage uniforms, amongst others, which they use for their operations.

Some of the victims of the criminals that were unable to meet their demands, were instantly killed while others were either maimed or injured.

Also, some of the female victims were raped. In line with the mandate of OPERATION YAKI the Kaduna State Internal Security Operations, this morning, we are handing over the criminals to the Department of State Services for profiling and further investigation.

We want to assure Nigerians that the Nigerian Navy will continue to do her best in collaboration with other security agencies to protect lives and properties of citizens of this nation.

However, we appeal to members of the public and community leaders to assist with credible information about the disposition of criminals in their domain to enable us protect them better

We want to further assure the populace that justice can be delayed but not denied as manifested in the arrest of these criminals. The public should not be intimidated by the threats of these criminals which are intended to discourage them from giving information to security agencies, as this is what the criminals aim to achieve by instilling fear in them.

I want to emphasize that criminality of any kind strive only where there is community support. Once there is no such support, criminals do not settle in the community. We must therefore work collectively to ensure that we put criminals out of business by denying them freedom of action.

This is also a warning to all criminal elements operating within Kachia general area and in other parts of the State that the Nigerian Navy in collaboration with other security agencies is irrevocably committed to ridding the State of criminal elements no matter where they may be hiding. We Shall locate them and flush them out.

Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani
Commandant, Nigerian Navy School Armanent Technology