Intelligence response team agents arrested two suspects for kidnapping a doctor, Audu Benedict, his son and one of his associates in the local government area of Katsina-Ala, in the state of Benue.
The force's public relations officer, Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday said the victims were traveling from Taraba state to Abuja on March 10, 2019, before the incident.
He disclosed that the suspects – Henry Gwa, 25, and Terhile Tsavbe, 30 -, both from the state of Benue, were arrested on June 6 and 11 this year, after an intense search for victims and a hunt for attackers by police team. .
“Investigations revealed that the criminal gang collected N7.5 million to rescue the victims' families as a condition for their release.
"The suspects forced the late Dr. Audu Benedict to issue a check for N500,000, which they cashed at a commercial bank in the city of Gboko, Benue State," said a police spokesman.
He added that despite collecting the amount, the suspects killed the three victims and buried them in a shallow grave in Gawa, in the Katsina-wing LGA of Benue.
According to Mba, efforts are being stepped up to arrest other suspects still at large and the police team is about to exhume the remains of the dead victims.
In a similar development, he said another 25 criminal suspects were arrested for involvement in several cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and illegal possession of prohibited firearms.
The police spokesman described the suspects as members of high-profile criminal gangs that terrorize communities and major highways in the country's central-north and northwest states.
“The exposures recovered by the suspects' police team include six AK47 rifles, three locally made bombing action guns, one locally manufactured pistol, two Dane pistols, 55 AK47 rounds of ammunition, four empty rounds, a laptop and a Toyota Corolla car with the REG No. MKD 13 RC, ”he said.
Mba said all suspects will be prosecuted in court after the investigations are completed, while Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu assured that the battle against criminal elements in the country was ongoing.
He also called for all hands to be on deck towards the decisive victory and the recovery of public space from criminal elements.