The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Kogi State Police Command has arrested over 25 suspected Fulani kidnappers and robbers who operated along Osara-Lokoja Expressway, Kogi State under the cover of herding cattle for free range grazing.
The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu who disclosed this development, commended the Commander of SARS, Supol Bimbo Oyewole and his operatives, who stormed the hideout of the Fulani herdsmen at Itobe and Adogo axis of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Kogi state.
He also said that SARS operatives arrested the alleged kingpin armed robbers and kidnappers in the area, Olobo Abdul with 10 members of his gang, who operate Auchi-Okechi West and Osara-Lokoja Road.
According to Inalegwu, the gang kidnapped a foreigner in January 2017, and held him hostage in the bush until N1 million was paid to them as ransom.
The police boss said that the Fulani gang had June 3, 2017 attacked a passenger bus along the Osara-Lokoja and took some of the female passengers to their hideout in the bush, where they raped them and also collected N500,000 as ransom. They kidnapped and robbed another set of bus passengers along the Kabba-Shoko road. They held the passengers for three days, collected N1 million as ransom and raped the female victims.
Inalegwu further revealed that the Fulani kidnappers and robbers masquerading as herdsmen also abducted a man in Okene. They took the sum of N400,300 from the victim and held him for seven days before he was released.
In the course of investigation, the SARS operatives arrested 23-year-old Abubakar Bamo and Mohammed Sani, 25, who conspired to abduct one Alhaji Buba at Adogo axis and he paid N1 million ransom after spending several days in the custody of the kidnappers. The gang led the duo of Bamo and Sani were alleged to have terrorized the entire community of Adogo and Itobe in Ofu Local Government Area, Kogi State.