The Nigerian Navy's Armament Technology School says its agents have arrested no less than nine suspects involved in kidnapping, cattle theft and banditry in Kaduna State.
The school also said 28 kidnapping victims were rescued in the operation.
The school's commander, Rear Admiral Tanko Pani, made the disclosure while delivering the suspects to the State Services Department (DSS) on Tuesday in Kachia.
Pani said the arrest came after four months of surveillance by dangerous criminal unions operating in Kachia and other parts of the state.
"We were able to carry out simultaneous surgical operations to carry out his arrest in various locations through an effective intelligence network in various locations within the state."
According to Pani, some of them were caught in isolated forests, where they were hibernating, while others were caught in hotels and in their homes.
He identified the prisoners as Abubakar Duguri, also known as Kure, Saleh Magaji, also known as Bodari, Idris Iliyasu, Auwal Yahyah and Monore Abu.
Others are Mohammed Wakili, Tanimu Ibrahim, also known as Sambo, Abdullahi Adamu, known as Yellow and Umar Alhassan.
He claimed that they were “responsible for various criminal activities, such as kidnapping, armed banditry and rustling cattle in Kachia and other parts of the state.
"Several items have been recovered, including weapons, motorcycles and military camouflage uniforms, among others, which they use for their operations."
He explained that victims who were unable to meet the suspects' demands were killed, maimed or injured, while some of the women were murdered. raped.
The commander, who turned the suspects over to the DSS, assured that the Navy would continue to collaborate with other security agencies to protect citizens' lives and property.
“However, we call on members of the public and community leaders to help with reliable information about the willingness of criminals in their domain to allow us to better protect them.
“We want to guarantee even more to the population that justice can be postponed, but not denied, as manifested in the prison of these criminals.
"The public should not be intimidated by the threats of these criminals, who intend to discourage them from providing information to security agencies, as this is what criminals are trying to achieve by instilling fear in them."
Pani warned those who support the criminals, saying they will be caught and prosecuted.
"We must therefore work collectively to ensure that we exclude criminals from business by denying them freedom of action."
The commander emphasized that criminals in the state would have no hiding place, saying "we will locate and expel them".
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