The Nigerian Navy has handed over suspected criminals including kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other armed bandits to the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna.
In a statement by the Commandant, Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology, Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani, the suspects were arrested following continuous surveillance for over 4 months of some dangerous criminal syndicates operating in Kachia and other parts of Kaduna State.
He warned all criminal elements operating within Kachia general area and in other parts of the 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.
“We Shall locate them and flush them out.,” he vowed.
The suspects, according to him, were responsible for the various criminal activities including kidnapping, armed banditry and cattle rustling in Kachia and other parts of the State.
He disclosed that some of the suspected criminals were arrested in isolated forests where they were hibernating, while others were caught in hotels and their houses.
The arrested suspected criminals, he said, included 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.
Some of the exhibits recovered from them, he revealed, included weapons, motorbikes and military camouflage uniforms, amongst others, which they use for their operations.
He, however, lamented that: “Some of the victims of the criminals that were unable to meet their demands, were instantly killed while others were either maimed or injured. Also, some of the female victims were raped.”
The Commandant assured Nigerians that, “the Nigerian Navy will continue to do her best in collaboration with other security agencies to protect lives and properties of Nigerians.
“However, we appeal to members of the public and community leaders to assist with credible information about the disposition of criminals in their domain to enable us protect them better
“We want to further assure the populace that justice can be delayed but not denied as manifested in the arrest of these criminals.
“The public should not be intimidated by the threats of these 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.
“I want to emphasize that criminality of any kind strive only where there is community support. Once there is no such support, criminals do not settle in the community.