Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested 12 people allegedly linked to the kidnap of twin sisters at Dayran village in Zamfara State.

The 18-year-old girls – Hassana Bala and Hussauna Bala – were kidnapped on October 21. They were on their way to distribute their wedding cards when they were abducted.

The 12 suspects were presented to journalists yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood.

According to Moshood, each of the suspects received N500,000.

This was as he noted that six AK47 rifles, four magazines, 34 AK47 live ammunition and four swords were recovered from the suspects.

He said: “Consequent in the kidnap of Hassana Bala (18) and her twin sister, Hussaina Bala on 21, 10, 2018 at Dayran village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State when they went to distribute their wedding invitation cards to families and friends, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, directed a discrete investigation into the sudden disappearance of the twins and bring perpetrators to justice.

“The operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) carried out a discrete investigation into the matter and succeeded in the arrest of the above-mentioned 12 suspects who were directly responsible for the kidnap of the twins.

“The suspects were arrested in various criminal hideouts in Katsina and Zamfara states. They confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the kidnapping of the twins and several other armed robberies, kidnapping and cattle rustling in Zamfara State and environs.

“The suspects also admitted to the Intelligence Response Team that they collected N15 million as ransom before releasing the twins and shared the money N500,000 each among themselves.

“Investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest the gang leader, Dankarami, second in command of the gang, Yellow, who negotiated the ransom for the release of the twins and Sirajo Dogo the mastermind of the kidnap, who were indicted in the confession statements of the above mentioned suspects.”

Moshood disclosed that six AK47 rifles, four magazines, 34 AK47 live ammunition and four swords were recovered from their possession.

The FPRO added: “The IG has directed the Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspector General of Police in states and Zonal Commands to intensify the implementation of the ongoing robust security arrangement to ensure adequate security nationwide throughout the New Year celebration and beyond.

“Special deployment will be carried out on the highways and major roads nationwide, places of worships, celebrations and recreation centres in all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“The ongoing raids of criminal hideouts and back spots to remove all criminal elements, and the threat assessment currently being carried out throughout the country will continue into the 2019 general elections and beyond in order to ensure secured environment for a free and fair election.”

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