Four suspects in the kidnapping and murder of an army colonel, Samaila Yunusa, have been arrested by the police during an operation conducted by the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives.
Yunusa was abducted and subsequently murdered in Kaduna on March 27, and his corpse was dumped along the road.
A statement signed by Olabisi Kolawole, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and Force Public Relations Officer, said the arrest was as a result of intelligence which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.
“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested,” she stated
Items recovered by the Police from the gang, which specialised in car snatching and truck hijacking in the State, include one AK 47 rifle, two magnum pistols, one Nissan Pathfinder Jeep and documents of six houses located in Anambra State.
While commending the IGP IRT and operatives of the Kaduna State SIB detectives for their commitment, diligence and professionalism which led to the breakthrough and subsequent recovery of the weapons and a stolen Jeep, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, enjoined the citizens to continue to support the Police with relevant information.
Meanwhile, all the four suspects arrested in connection with the crime are presently in custody of the police and would soon be arraigned before the court.
Kolawole said efforts were on to arrest the other members of the gang.