The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said on Sunday it had recovered 1.3 million naira from five suspected kidnappers arrested by command officers in Abuja.

FCT Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Mariam Yusuf disclosed in a statement in Abuja.

She said the money recovered was paid as a ransom to the suspects, adding that three cell phones, three charms, three wristwatches and two caps were also recovered.

Yusuf said the suspects, terrorizing the Tungan-maje, Bwari and Kwali-Kuje axes of Abuja, were arrested by officers from the command's anti-kidnapping squad during an operation carried out by the intelligence services.

She said the suspects confessed to belonging to a notorious union of kidnappers involved in the recent kidnappings along Bwari-Byzahin, the Kuje-Kwali axis and Niger state during a police investigation.

Yusuf said two suspects were also arrested in connection with a kidnapping operation on the Tunga-maje axis.

She said the duo confessed to threatening some residents of Tunga-Maje to pay a "ransom" to avoid being kidnapped during the investigation and added that a cell phone was recovered from the suspects.

The PPRO said the suspects would be brought to justice following the investigation.

She urged residents to report any suspicious movement, emergency or distress, to the command at 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

Yusuf said the conduct of police officers could also be reported to the Public Complaints Office (PCB) on 09022222352. (NAN)


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