KIDNAPPING: Kaduna Declared State of Emergency by Police
The Police command in Kaduna State has declared a state of emergency to tackle the rise of kidnapping in the state.
DSP Zubairu Abubakar, who is the spokesman of the command, made it known in an interview held in Kaduna, that a special squad built against kidnapping has been formed to track criminal gangs involved.
He also made it clear that the declaration of state of emergency in the state was due to the orders given by Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police. Criminals have kidnapped so many people in villages and towns for ransom within a time frame of three months, all across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Some of the high profile cases of kidnap in the state includes: Samaila Inusa, a colonel in the Nigerian Army, who was killed by his captors after he was kidnapped on the 25th of March. Also, Rev Iliya Anthony, the Vice President of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, died in the hands of his captors recently.
The man was abducted together with the President of the church, Rev Emmanuel Dziggau and Rev Yakubu Dzarma, who were both later released. Mansur Ahmed, who is a former Executive Director, NNPC, and now a Director in Dangote Group, he regained his freedom after he was kidnapped in Kaduna.
Mr Abubakar made it known that the police have so far made some arrests and started the prosecution of some of the suspected kidnappers.
He further said that, 13 suspects have be so far charged to court as regards to the kidnap cases, while 15 others are currently under investigation. He also said that the new squads that are sent to the state was to increase the pursuit of the gangs and make the state conducive and safe for everyone.
The spokesman of the police made an appeal to the good people of the state to aid the police with meaningful information to get rid of these criminals.