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The Nigerian Police, Thursday, paraded the alleged mastermind of the March 28, 2022 Kaduna-Abuja train attack alongside 276 other suspected criminals.

The Force Public Relations Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, during the parade said the arrest of the mastermind followed painstaking efforts by the Police to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.

He however decried the unfettered foray of Nigerian youth, in their 20s, into crime and the misuse and abuse of drugs by youths and adults, noting that the use of drugs contributed to over 80% of crimes perpetrated in the country.

He expressed dismay while parading the arrested suspects who were allegedly involved in criminal activities in Kaduna State.

The evening train on Kaduna-Abuja route was attacked on March 28, 2022 when kidnappers derailed the train and killed eight people, while 62 others were kidnapped following which ransom running into hundreds of millions of Naira was paid before the Federal Government secured the release of the remaining victims.

Speaking at the parade during his visit to Kaduna state Police Command on Thursday, Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi said the arrest of the mastermind followed painstaking efforts by the Police to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.

Speaking on the achievements of the Kaduna State Police Command since January 2024, the Force PRO said they included the arrest of the alleged mastermind of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack, Ibrahim Abdullahi aka Mande, who was arrested in Rido.

Also arrested in a separate operation was one of his alleged accomplices in the train attack, Auwal Ayuba.

Ayuba admitted to being involved in the attack on the train under the directive of Mande, noting that after kidnapping the train passengers, they were later sold to the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

But the suspected gang leader, Abdullahi refuted the allegation, noting that he wasn’t involved and he was not the leader of the gang that planned and attacked the train. He equally disclaimed the Ayuba, saying that he had never met him before.

The Force PRO added that the Kaduna Police arrested Yakubu Saidu, the mastermind and leader of the notorious kidnapping gang that attacked St. Raphael Catholic Church, Fadan Kamanta, Zonkwa, where they set ablaze the Priest’s house leading to the death of Stephen Naaman in the fire, while property worth millions of naira, including a Honda vehicle and a motorcycle, were consumed by the fire.

According to Adejobi, “On 12th January 2024, police operatives attached to an anti-kidnapping unit of the Kaduna State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), based on credible information, swooped on and arrested one Ibrahim Abdullahi aka MANDE at Abuja-Kaduna Road flyover by Rido Junction. The suspect confessed to being the leader of a kidnap syndicate terrorizing the Kaduna-Abuja highway, ranked among other criminals like Dogo Gide and Bello Turji.

“He had participated in various kidnapping incidents including the one at the Greenfield University and he participated in almost all the kidnappings along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

“On 27th April 2024, some vigilante members arrested and brought to the station one Auwal Ayuba aged 27, a resident of Kubacha Town suspected of being a kidnapper. After a thorough investigation, the suspect confessed to being a member of a kidnapping gang and has participated in several kidnappings in the Kubacha, Jere, and Katari axes where many victims were kidnapped.

“On February 29, 2024, vigilant operatives of the Kaduna Command Monitoring Unit conducted a well-coordinated operation at the residence of a suspected kidnapper, one Adamu Abdulwahab, in Ganga Uku Village, Mararaban Jos, which resulted in the apprehension of the suspect and recovery of crucial exhibits, including one fabricated cartridge revolver rifle, 1 fabricated pistol, 2 Dane guns, 6 live cartridges, 1 discharged GPRG ammunition, 7 discharged cartridges, 2 SIM cards, 2 Tecno handsets, and 1 bloodstained cutlass.

“It was revealed during investigation that 35-year-old Adamu Abdulwahab, in connivance with other suspects who are currently at large, had kidnapped one Samaila Abdullahi, aged 40, of Keke Kingdom, Mararaban Jos, on February 13, 2024, and forcefully taken him to an unknown destination. Efforts are being intensified to locate and rescue the victim.

“On 12th February 2024, suspected bandit/gun runner Adamu Shuaibu, aged 35, from Dumale Village under Jere L.G.A. of Kaduna state, was arrested following reliable information available to the police on his involvement in criminal activities within the state, i

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