By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Police Command Wednesday paraded 38 suspected criminals, including kidnappers, armed robbers and members of the notorious gangster group called ‘Sara-Shuka.’
They were arrested in the state between October, 2017, and January 25, 2018, in areas under the state commands.
Parading the suspects on Wednesday, Commissioner of Police, Kaduna command, Mr. Austin Iwar, said 21 of the suspects were arrested in connection with kidnapping and armed robbery, while the rest were suspected members of the notorious ‘Sara Shuka’ gang that have been terrorising residents of Kaduna for some time now.
According to him, items recovered from the suspected criminals within the period under review were three vehicles and 41 arms and ammunition.
The CP also stated that, the command also dislodged three armed robbery syndicates, saying that, the most significant of the successes was the arrest of a notorious armed robbery syndicate operating along the Zaria-Kano expressway.
“Some of the suspects, who were involved in kidnapping for ransom and operating in Lere and Pambegua axis of Kubau and Zaria Local Government Areas, were also arrested,” he said.
The commissioner said that the street gangs were arrested in Rigasa, Tudun-Wada, Kawo and Unguwar Rimi, all within Kaduna metropolis.
He said that the suspects, who are in police custody, were giving useful information that aided investigation, after which they would be charged to court for prosecution. “We want to reassure members of the public that the command will be un-relented in its effort in fighting all forms of crime and criminality in the state,” the newly reported CP vowed.
As a tradition, the CP during his maiden press briefing promised to deploy 80 per cent of his personnel to fight crimes in Kaduna.