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Police arrest 12 suspected kidnappers in Nasarawa, as Permanent Secretary regains freedom

The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 12 persons in connection with the abduction of Jibrin Giza , the kidnapped Nasarawa State Permanent Secretary, who regained his freedom from his Captors.

Giza who was kidnapped from his residence at Shabu, a suburb of Lafia, the state capital by unknown persons in the early hours of Sunday, was freed yesterday at about 7:30pm of Tuesday 18, 2020.

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But a family member identified simply as Bashir confirmed to our correspondent that the permanent secretary had regained his freedom yesterday evening unhurt in the same cloth that he wore on the day of his kidnap.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, who disclosed this to Newsmen in Wednesday in Lafia while parading 35 suspected criminals, said the command had arrested 12 people for allege kidnapping of Giza

The Commissioner explained that the suspects were arrested based on intelligence and technical information available to the Police.

He noted that the Police recovered the victim in Duduguru of Obi Local Government Area when he was abandoned by the kidnappers as the Police closely trailed them.

Longe also denied knowledge of any ransom paid by either the family members of the victim or anybody to secure his release.

Similarly, the Police had also arrested a woman, Paulina Santos, of Azuba community in Lafia who was looking for criminals to kidnap her well-to-do  neighbour.

According to the CP, the woman had contacted someone to help her organise a gang that would kidnap mother of her bosom friend.

“She told her contact that the husband and children of her target were all working with the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) and could afford to pay a huge ransom.

“But, unfortunately for her and fortunately for her neighbor, her contact informed the police about her plan and she was arrested,” the CP added.

The CP appealed to the public to always assist them with useful information to enable them to prevent crimes.

He, therefore, commanded his men, the Inspector-General and the Nasarawa State Government for their support, and promised that the command was motivated more than before to tackle criminal elements in the state.

In an interview with Newsmen, Paulina Santos confessed to the crime and appealed for mercy.

Our correspondent gathered from a top government officials who pleaded anonymity that, N10 million naira was given as ransom before Giza’s release could be effected.


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