The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested three suspects for killing a man and his wife, as well as abducting their four children.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said this in a statement on Sunday.
He said the suspects committed the crime at Kisi village in the Bauchi Local Government Area of the state in October 2016.
He said police detectives attached to the anti-kidnapping unit of the command arrested the suspects at Yuga village in the Toro LGA on Saturday after “painstaking intelligence and surveillance.”
Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police, said, “You will recall that sometime in October 2016, gunmen stormed Kusi village in Bauchi LGA and killed one Shuaibu Mohammed, his wife Adama Dahiru, and abducted four children – three boys and one female.
“The suspects further robbed One Salmanu Habu of Dumi village of his motorcycle and used it to convey the hostages to Yuga Forest in the Toro LGA.
“However, following painstaking intelligence and surveillance, police detectives arrested the three suspects on January 7, 2006, at about 7pm.”
The PPRO said that those arrested were Alhassan Adam, Umar Maidawa and Sambo Bala.
He added that the suspects released all the hostages after a ransom of N500,000 was paid to them.
Mohammed added that on Friday, January 6, 2017, at about 2pm, policemen attached to the Darazo division arrested one Dauda Yunusa of Jimi village in the Darazo LGA, explaining that the suspect was among those ,who abducted a woman, Talatu Abdullahi.
“The suspect voluntarily confessed to have committed the offence and further mentioned other accomplices.
“The exhibits recovered from the suspect include one single-barrelled gun and firearm components, two mobile phones and N4,190.”
The police spokesman further stated that the policemen attached to the Ganjuwa division arrested one Haruna Jaji on Sunday.
“The suspect is a member of the syndicate which went to the residence of one Alhaji Ali Abubakar and threatened to kidnap his entire family members if he didn’t give them N3m,” he added.
Mohammed said the cases were under investigation, adding that efforts were being intensified to apprehend other fleeing accomplices and bring them to justice.