The Nigeria Police Headquarters on Thursday, said its operatives have arrested two members of a trans-national kidnap syndicate involved in the kidnap of an American Citizen, Philippe Nathan Walton, on 28th October at his farm in Masalata Village, Republic of Niger.
This was disclosed by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba in a statement.
Recall that the United States special troops had in October, rescued Walton in a daring operation in northern Nigeria.
Mba said the suspects, Aliyu Abdullahi, also known as Mallam, aged 21 and Aliyu Umaru also known as Kwatte Kusu aged 23, both from Sokoto State, were arrested on 25th November, 2020.
According to him, the two (2) suspects – members of a 15-man kidnap gang of Nigerian/Nigerien extraction, led by Barte Dan Alhaji and Dan Buda – were arrested following a special intelligence-led operation aimed at arresting the criminal gang, disrupting and halting other criminal activities by them.
He added, “Investigations by the Intelligence Response Team reveal that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of their cohorts – 4 Nigeriens and 2 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.
“Meanwhile, as part of efforts at tackling transnational crimes, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, is working in concert with other members of the West African Police Chiefs Organization (WAPCO) to deepen intelligence sharing amongst security agencies in the ECOWAS sub-region and strengthen security along the international borders of member states.”
He further said the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.