The Nigerian Navy has handed over suspected kidnappers, Bandits and Cattle rustlers to the department of State Services.
According to the Commandant Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani, ” the continuous surveillance for over four months of some dangerous criminal syndicates operating in Kachia and other parts of the State led to the arrest in various locations within the State.
How the Suspects Were Arrested
Some of the suspected criminals were said to have been caught in isolated forests, where they were hibernating, while others were caught in hotels and their houses. Names of the suspects were given as; 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 suspected criminals were alleged by the Navy of being responsible for various criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed banditry and cattle rustling in Kachia and other parts of the State. Various items recovered from the suspects include weapons, motorbikes and military camouflage uniforms, amongst others, which they use for their operations.
Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani said, “some victims of their criminal activities that are unable to meet their demands, were instantly killed while others were either maimed or injured, also, some of the female victims get raped”.
Military Operations in the North-West
In line with the mandate of OPERATION YAKI, the Kaduna State Internal Security Operations, on Wednesday 21st of January 2020 handed over the suspected criminals to the Department of State Services for profiling and further investigations.
The Nigerian Navy also assured citizens that it will continue to do its best in collaboration with other security agencies to protect the lives and property of citizens of this nation. Just as it appealed to members of the public and community leaders to assist with credible information about the disposition of criminals in their domain to enable security agents to protect them better.
Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani also noted that justice can be delayed but not denied as manifested in the arrest of the suspects saying “the public should not be intimidated by the threats of 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”.
Tanko Pani emphasized that criminality of any kind thrives only when there is no community support, adding that once there is such support, criminals will not settle in the community. He called for the need for rural dwellers and security agents to work collectively to ensure that criminals are put out of business by denying them freedom of action.
No Hiding Place for Criminals
A stern warning has also been issued to all criminal elements operating within Kachia and other areas of Kaduna 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. He said “We shall locate them and flush them out”