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DSS Arrests Retired Colonel, Lawyer, Others In Kogi




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The Department of State Services (DSS) has nabbed a criminal gang that terrorises the Lokoja-Abuja road in Kogi State, the North Central region.

In a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the DSS said the criminals were arrested at Gegu Beki junction along the road during a joint operation with other security agencies in the state on Sunday.

Afunnaya said the gang includes a former military officer, Col AU Suleiman (rtd), a lawyer, MK Aminu; Kabir Abdullahi, Isah Umar, Kadir Echi, and Adama Abdulkarim.

He stated that the items recovered from the members were One Pump Action rifle; four cartridges; one AK47 empty shell, and the sum of N11,030.

Afunnaya disclosed that all the suspects had been taken into custody and would be prosecuted accordingly.

The statement reads: “The Department of State Services hereby informs the public that it carried out a joint operation with sister security agencies in Kogi State on 26th March 2023. During the operation, the security team intercepted a six-man criminal gang at Gegu Beki, along the Lokoja-Abuja Road.

“While the gang includes Col AU Suleiman (rtd), Barr. MK Aminu, Kabir Abdullahi, Isah Umar, Kadir Echi, and Adama Abdulkarim, items recovered from the members are one pump action rifle, four cartridges; one AK47 empty shell, and the sum of N11,030.

“On 25th March 2023, Service operatives apprehended 20-year-old suspected notorious kidnapper, Haruna Adamu at Fotta village in Gombi LGA, Adamawa State. At the point of arrest, one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, and four rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.

“On 23rd March 2023, one Aminu Ibrahim, a suspected gunrunner was arrested along Kubwa Expressway, Abuja by the Service operatives while on his way from Nasarawa State to deliver 432 rounds of 7.62 x39mm caliber ammunition concealed in a four-liter gallon of palm oil to a bandit in Niger State. The sum of N21,400 was also recovered from the suspect.

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“Earlier on 22nd March 2023, Babangida Ibrahim, an arms courier to bandits in Zamfara State was apprehended along Bukuru in Jos South LGA, Plateau State. Recovered from him were 468 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition and the sum of N21,090.”