Operatives of the Inspector- General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested the gang who kidnapped the former Minister of State for foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse. The gang have however, confessed that they collected N8 million before releasing their victim.
The former minister was kidnapped on November 20, 2016 in GRA, Kaduna.
While parading the suspects in Abuja, yesterday, the Force Spokesman, Don Awunah, disclosed that the notorious gang have been terrorising residents of Kaduna and its environs for a long time.
The gang, he explained, has been responsible for kidnapping high profile Nige-rians in recent times.
“The gang was smashed with the arrest of Dominic Nwakpa aka Alhaji, who is its leader, in Lagos state, while four other principal suspects and members of the gang, namely Balat Paul, driver of the gang, Ibrahim Samuel aka “IB” and Jatau Peter – a dismissed Policeman were arrested on January 1, 2017 in their hideouts at Dan Hassan Road, Ungwa Boro Kaduna.
“Afini Paul, a female member who cooks for the gang and the victims, rented the house at Yusuf Patrick close, Mararaba Rido, Kaduna where victims are kept before ransom money is collected, was arrested at their hideout in Kadu-na. Ifeanyi Chukwu the 2nd in command of the gang was arrested in a Hotel in Ogbor Hill, area of Abia State.
“He confessed to be the second in- command of the gang that kidnapped the Ambassador and so many other kidnappings within and outside Kaduna, Abia, Imo, Rivers, and Delta States,” the Force Spokesman, said.
However, the leader of the gang, Dominic Nwakpa, confessed to journalists that they collected N8 million before they released their victim.
Responding to questions from journalists, the gang leader disclosed that alt-hough they earlier demanded for N50 million ransom but only N8 million was given to them.