Police arrest members of notorious criminal gang who killed kidnapped Plateau varsity student for resisting rape

Killings, kidnappings, armed robbery, rape, and terrorism were committed by fourteen members of a big criminal cell from several units along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway and in Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Niger, and Gombe states.

The suspects were apprehended by the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), commanded by Olatunji Disu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, in various string operations around the country, according to the Nigerian Tribune on Friday, June 10.

Last year, they abducted three female students from Plateau State University, Bokkos, raped two of them, and killed the third for resisting them, according to the gang’s commander, Iliyasu Saidu (a.k.a. Yellow).

Items recovered from the gang members include one Indian-made AK-47 rifle with 23 rounds of live ammunition, two locally-made AK-47 rifles with ten 10 rounds of live ammunition, one locally-made SMG Gun together with 33 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, two locally-made G3 gun and two locally-made Barreta pistols.

Iliyasu Saidu (a.k.a. Yellow) confessed to have participated in several armed robberies, cattle rustling and kidnappings.

“I am a secondary school dropout. I stopped going to school because there was no one to pay my school fees. I have been arrested by police before for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, cattle rustling and kidnapping. The case was charged to court, and I was in the prison yard for 3 weeks,” he said. 

“My parents and one lawyer came to the prison yard and secured my release that time. I continued doing criminal activities with my gang members when I came out of prison. My gang members are: Ahmadu Kurma, Abdullahi Abubakar a.k.a. Abdul Lawyer, Badamosi Ardo Yakubu, Abubakar Mohammed a.k.a. Buba, Sky, Zaki, Douglas, Isah Umar and Sabi Audi.”

The suspect also continued “I have also facilitated the release of Buba before as a surety at Bokkos Police Station. On the 10th of June 2021, operatives of the IRT in Kateri Annex came to Bokkos LGA to arrest me in connection with one case of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping of three female students of Plateau State University, Bokkos.

Yellow admitted, “I am a notorious gang leader of kidnappers in our community and I have participated in several armed robberies, cattle rustling and kidnappings. The first criminal operation I did was kidnapping. We kidnapped one woman at Mangar village. We took her to Bodel Forest, and the victim spent three days in captivity. We collected a ransom of N800,000 before releasing her. The person that gave us the work is one Blessing Simon of Bokkos. I got N100,000 as my own share, while we gave the person who masterminded the kidnap N200,000. The people who participated in this operation were Badamosi, Ahmadu, Buba, Sabi, Mubarak Hassani and me.”

“In the second operation, we kidnapped one woman at Tadai village in Manguna District of Bokkos LGA. We took her to Tadai Forest, and she spent two days and collected a ransom of N300,000 before releasing her. I got a share of N70,000.”

He also confessed, “In the third operation, we kidnapped one man at Bokkos and took him to Bodel Forest. He spent 3 days before we got a ransom of N350,000 and released her. I got an N70,000 share. Those who participated in this operation were: Abdullahi Abubakar a.k.a. Abdul Lawyer, Sky, Zaki, Douglas a.k.a. Doggy Bokkos, Badamosi and me.”

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