Troops Kill Four Militias, Arrest Suspected Kidnap Kingpin

Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team have arrested members of a kidnap syndicate, who allegedly killed three of their victims after collecting N7.5m ransom from their family members.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday while parading 26 suspects arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and other sundry offences.

According to Mba, the kidnap syndicate abducted one Dr Audu Benedict, his son and a friend of the family, who were on their way to Abuja.

While in captivity, the suspects were said to have contacted the families of their victims, who subsequently paid N7m to secure their release.

Mba stated that before the ransom was paid, the suspects forced Benedict to raise a cheque of N500,000, which was successfully cashed,”.

He, however, regretted that the syndicate went ahead to kill their victims, notwithstanding the ransom.

Meanwhile, the police said they rescued six children “stolen sometime last year.”

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