The police have arrested two suspected members of a trans-national kidnap syndicate involved in the abduction of an Amer

The police have arrested two suspected members of a trans-national kidnap syndicate involved in the abduction of an American citizen, Philippe Walton, on October 28, 2020, at his farm in Masalata village, Republic of Niger.
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Walton was rescued by the American Special Forces in Sokoto State, in which six of the kidnappers were killed on October 31.
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Parading the suspects in Abuja on Thursday, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said Aliyu Abdullahi, 21, and Aliyu Umaru, 23, were members of a 15-man kidnap gang of Nigerian/Nigerien extraction, led by one Barte Dan Alhaji and Dan Buda.
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He explained that Abdullahi and Umaru who hailed from Sokoto State, were arrested on November 25.
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Mba said, “Investigations by the Intelligence Response Team reveal that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of their cohorts – four Nigeriens and two Nigerians who died during the rescue operations.
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“The Force is collaborating with its Nigerien counterpart in the investigations to apprehend other members of the transnational syndicate currently at large.”
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Umaru said they were part of the kidnappers who abducted Walton in Niger.
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He said, ” We went with seven motorcycles and kidnapped the American after which he was taken to Kalmaro Forest in Sokoto State, where he was rescued by the Special Forces.”
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Meanwhile, as part of efforts at tackling transnational crimes, Mba disclosed that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was working with other members of the West African Police Chiefs Organization to deepen intelligence sharing amongst the security agencies in the ECOWAS sub-region and strengthen security along the international borders of the member states.
The police have arrested two suspected members of a trans-national kidnap syndicate involved in the abduction of an American citizen, Philippe Walton, on October 28, 2020, at his farm in Masalata village, Republic of Niger.
.
Walton was rescued by the American Special Forces in Sokoto State, in which six of the kidnappers were killed on October 31.
.
Parading the suspects in Abuja on Thursday, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said Aliyu Abdullahi, 21, and Aliyu Umaru, 23, were members of a 15-man kidnap gang of Nigerian/Nigerien extraction, led by one Barte Dan Alhaji and Dan Buda.
.
He explained that Abdullahi and Umaru who hailed from Sokoto State, were arrested on November 25.
.
Mba said, “Investigations by the Intelligence Response Team reveal that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of their cohorts – four Nigeriens and two Nigerians who died during the rescue operations.
.
“The Force is collaborating with its Nigerien counterpart in the investigations to apprehend other members of the transnational syndicate currently at large.”
.
Umaru said they were part of the kidnappers who abducted Walton in Niger.
.
He said, ” We went with seven motorcycles and kidnapped the American after which he was taken to Kalmaro Forest in Sokoto State, where he was rescued by the Special Forces.”
.
Meanwhile, as part of efforts at tackling transnational crimes, Mba disclosed that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was working with other members of the West African Police Chiefs Organization to deepen intelligence sharing amongst the security agencies in the ECOWAS sub-region and strengthen security along the international borders of the member states.
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