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Kaduna Police Arrest Notorious Bandit , Rescue Three Kidnapped Victims

The Kaduna State Police Command has announced the arrest of Muhammad Bello, a notorious bandit and accomplice of Dogo Haliru, following the rescue of three kidnapped victims along the Kindandan-Dogon Dawa Road in the Birnin Gwari local government area.

In a statement, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Mansir Hassan revealed that the state Commissioner of Police commended the officers for their efforts and directed intensified confidence-building patrols in the area.

“On May 21, 2024, at approximately 14:50 hours, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kidandan Division received a distress call reporting that unknown armed bandits had blocked the Kidandan-Dogon Dawa Road and kidnapped several individuals.

“In response, the DPO promptly mobilized personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), who were attached to Operation Whirl Punch in Galadimawa, and proceeded to the scene in an Armored Personnel Vehicle (APV).

“Upon arrival, the police team engaged the bandits in a serious gun battle,” he said.

The statement continued, “Although the bandits managed to deflate two tires of the APV, the police team successfully rescued three kidnapped individuals: Ashiru Abubakar, 35, from Batagarawa local government area, Katsina State; Ahmed Ibrahim, from Dutsen Ma, Katsina State; and Shehu Kabiru, 30, from Kidandan.

“Later that day, at approximately 19:00 hours, Operation Yaki operatives, acting on technical intelligence provided by the Technical Intelligence Unit Force Headquarters in Abuja, successfully arrested Muhammadu Bello, a 30-year-old resident of Yan Bokolo area, Malalin Gabas, Igabi local government area, Kaduna state.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is an accomplice of Dogo Haliru, a notorious kidnapper known for terrorizing Zamfara, Katsina, and the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

“Commissioner of Police, CP Ali Audu Dabigi, applauded the officers for their bravery and effective use of intelligence, and has ordered intensified confidence-building patrols to ensure ongoing safety and security.”

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