The Police Command in Adamawa, said it has arrested 69 persons for alleged conspiracy, inciting communal clashes, kidnapping, armed robbery and culpable homicide.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olubenga Adeyanju, disclosed this during a news briefing in Yola on Monday.
According to him, 25 out of the 69 suspects belonged to a local criminal gang, Shila boys, which attacked and robbed innocent citizens of their belongings.
He said the exhibits recovered from them included; one rifle with seven rounds of live ammunition, locally made revolver pistol with three rounds of live ammunition and two cutlasses.
The commissioner disclosed further that 19 of the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and kidnapping.
“The group confessed to have kidnapped Dodde Zumo and Ya’u Mohammadu all residents of Zumo/Maiha Local Government Area of the state.
“They collected N1 million as ransom in March 2020 before they were apprehended.
“We recovered three Ak 47 rifles, one den gun, one locally made pistol and two motorcycles,” he said.
Adeyanju said investigations further led to the arrest of another syndicate that kidnapped one Sule Haro, Solomi Ishaya and killed one Pastor Ishaya in April 2020.
The remaining 25 suspects, he said, were arrested for inciting communal clashes, culpable homicide, threat to life, impersonation and extortion.
He said one of the suspects, Buba Mohammed, conspired and killed one Sgt. Amos Joseph, a police officer and went away with his Ak47 rifle.
“Police apprehended the suspect and recovered the Ak47 rifle,” he added.
Meanwhile, the command presented an award of commendation to some hunters for their contribution in the fight against crime in the state.