The Kaduna State Police Command was on Tuesday reported to have declared a State of Emergency as a measure necessary to curb the increasing cases of kidnapping in the state.
The spokesman for the command, DSP Zubairu Abubakar, made it known in Kaduna, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that a special team of anti kidnap squad has been instituted to track and dislodge the criminal gangs. According to him, it was the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, who gave the order for the declaration of the state of emergency.
However, when a correspondent of Naij.com contacted the Kaduna state police spokesperson, asking him to comment on the development, he surprisingly said that he was misquoted and that there was no state of emergency in the state.
Between the month of January and March, many people living in towns and villages have been abducted for ransom by criminals all over the 23 local government areas of the state.
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In some of the most recent high profile cases of kidnap, a Colonel in the Nigerian Army, Samaila Inusa, was killed by his abductors on March 25, some hours after he was taken. In the same vein, the Vice-President, United Church of Christ in Nigeria, Rev. Iliya Anthony, who was kidnapped along with the President of the Church, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau and Rev. Yakubu Dzarma, recently lost his life in captivity though others were later released by the abductors.
Zubairu Abubakar acknowledged the kidnap cases and revealed that the police had made several arrests and began prosecution of some of the suspected kidnappers. As he said, 13 of the suspects have been charged to court while 15 others are still being investigated.
Explaining that the deployment of the new squad was to increase the search for the criminal groups and make the state free from their highly unacceptable activities, the police spokesman therefore made a heartfelt request for more support from the general public in the renewed effort to cleanse the state of criminals.
Meanwhine, the Kaduna State Police Command arrested 15 suspected kidnappers on Monday, some of whom confessed that they were the ones terrorising commuters on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and those alleged to be the brain behind the abduction of the three pastors and the Army Colonel.