The Kaduna state police command has declared a state of emergency due to rising cases of kidnapping in the state. DSP Zubairu Abubakar, the commandís spokesman, announced this on Tuesday, April 5, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
He noted that the declaration of the state of emergency was on the orders of Solomon Arase, the inspector general of police. Abubakar added that a special team of anti-kidnap squad has been formed to track and dislodge the criminal gangs operating in the area.
In the last three months, several people have been abducted for ransom by criminals across the 23 local government areas of the state. In two separate incidents, Colonel Samaila Inusa and Rev. Iliya Anthony were abducted and later found dead in the bush.
Luckily, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau and Rev. Yakubu Dzarma, the clergy men who were kidnapped along with Rev Anthony, were later released. Mansur Ahmed, a former executive director of the NNPC and now a director in Dangote Group, also regained his freedom after he was abducted recently in Kaduna.
Meanwhile, the police arrested 15 people suspected to belong to a kidnapping gang that had been terrorizing Kaduna-Abuja Express Way where three pastors and the colonel were abducted Abubakar said that 13 suspects have been charged to court while 15 others are under investigation.
He stressed that the new squad would intensify the search for the criminal gangs and make the state safe from their nefarious activities.