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Naval Officer, Two Policemen Arrested For Kidnapping And Robbery

SAN FRANCISCO, October 09, (THEWILL) – A Naval officer and two serving Policemen have been arrested by the Kogi State Police Command for alleged kidnapping and armed robbery.

The suspects, Bature Habila, a naval rating and Corporals Isiaka Suleman and Ibrahim James, were paraded on Monday at the police command headquarters in Lokoja.

Items recovered from the suspects and displayed included four AK-47 rifles, three Pump Actions, assorted rounds of munition, a motorcycle and charms.

The Kogi state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Ali Janga, said the two policemen have already be charged and dismissed from the Police Force, adding that the naval personnel, along with fourteen other suspects, will be charged to court after investigation has been concluded.

He said that the arrests, which occurred within the last two weeks of his assumption of the command, was a culmination of pro-active policing and the zero-tolerance approach to criminality under his charge.

One of the dismissed policemen, Suleman, while confessing to a role in the kidnapping, said that he was contacted for the job by one Francis Alfa, now hospitalized.

“I was serving with Zone 8 (Lokoja) Headquarters when I was moved to the Foward Operation Base (FOB) station in Tafawa Balewa LG in Bauchi when Francis contacted me,” he said.

“When you are caught and arrested, you will be charged to court; I know the consequence.”