A district head, 10 policemen as well as 40 others are currently in court over alleged gunrunning and kidnapping for ransom in Adamawa, foremost crime fighter, Ali Kwara has disclosed.
Kwara, a valiant crime fighter said the police actively supported by the former Inspector General of police Ibrahim Kpotun Idris in synergy with his men busted the syndicate about two years ago.
Kidnapping for ransom and other violent crimes have been on the increase in Adamawa State following the proliferation of light weapons and small arms which criminals find handy in perpetrating all sorts of crime.
Kwara disclosed to our reporter in a phone interview that the district head of Suktu, in Song local government was apprehended after purchasing a gun from one policeman whom he simply identify as ASP Yuguda.
He noted that the feat of apprehending the gunrunners and the unscrupulous policemen followed the arrest of some notorious armed robbers and kidnappers who had been terrorising the state for a long time.
He noted that the arrested kidnappers revealed that they usually get their weapons through policemen who have become professional gunrunners.
“The arrested kidnappers disclosed getting weapons through policemen whom have become professional gunrunners.
” Based on the information, a sting operation was activated in which money was given to one of the criminals ostensibly to buy weapons from one of the policemen.
“It was at the point of collecting the weapons that the policeman was arrested which followed string of other arrests until 9 other policemen and the district head were all apprehended.
“The arrest of the ten policemen led to the arrest of 41 others including the district head and the recovery of 52 guns,” he said.
Effort to get the reaction of the police through its spokesman, Othman Abubakar proved abortive. The police image maker when reached through his phone line said he could not speak as at the time of the call Sunday afternoon as he said was at an event.
Similarly, a text message in respect of the subject was not responded to by the police image maker as at the time of filing the report.