By Musa Madobi, KanoÂ
Men of the Kano State Police Command have paraded 36 persons suspected to be kidnappers.Â
According to the police, three of the suspected kidnappers, were among those earlier granted amnesty by the State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.Â
Though the men were initially granted pardon by the governor for cattle rustling and armed robbery.Â Â
The State Police Commissioner, Maigari Dikko, said 21 of the victims were rescued, while 35 cases of kidnapping was reported to the Command.Â
Dikko, said the feat was recorded within his one and half months of resumption in office, adding that in his efforts to track down kidnappers, embarked on an assessment tour of areas mostly affected, like Sumaila, Kibiya and Rano Local Government areas of the state.Â
He explained that in the course of the operations, one suspect and a victim lost their lives.Â
The Police Commissioner also disclosed thatÂ a three-man gang of kidnappers were arrested in KatsinaÂ state by the Kano anti-kidnappers unit, who took a seven-year old girl hostage, demanding N120,000 ransom from the girl’s parents, prior to her rescue.Â
Dikko, said that one Idris Bello, 28 of Kauru Local Government area of Kaduna state was arrested for conspiring with nine others now at large succeeded in kidnapping the step mother to a member of the Kano State House of Assembly, representing Doguwa Local Government area.Â
Also, another five syndicate of kidnappers, who were arrested at Gomo Village in Sumaila Local Government Area, conspired with 11 others now at large, kidnapped an old-age father of a member representing Sumaila in the Kano State House of Assembly and snatched N110,000 from him but was eventually rescued.
Dikko said during the period under review, another gang of 50 armed bandits stormed the house of a Former House member, representing Kibiya Local Government Area, Hon Garba Shehu, shot dead one Kabiru Baba Wuro and kidnapped three persons but the police were able to rescue three of the victims, while the third victim, Hajya Hauwa Garba was later rescued from the forest.Â
Among items recovered include, six AK 47 Assault rifles, Six locally fabricated rifles, three locally fabricated pistols,Â 63 live ammunitions, 97 live cartridges, 215 empty shells of live ammunitions, 13 GSM handsets, as well as N138,000 cash.Â
Furthermore, the police boss appealed to the Kano Emirate Council to sensitize the general public on the need to give the police the necessary cooperation, synergy, timely and accurate information to bring criminal activities in the state to the barest minimum.