The Police, Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) have said they were able to successfully burst a planned kidnap and abduction of students from the Gombe State College of Islamic and Legal Studies in Nafada, a border town with Yobe State.
Briefing newsmen Friday afternoon, Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Shina Tairu Olukolu, who was accompanied by the State Director of DSS and the Commander of the 301 Artillery Regiment, said the synergy between the three forces busted the planned kidnap and arrested the suspected insurgent, one Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed.
However, Mohammed a 26 year old student of Sharia and Legal Studies Department of the school confessed sending the threat of abduction through a threat text message but said he did it because he was not ready for an impending examination, hence, the threatening text message.
According to the CP, on 14th March, 2018 around 1:30 pm, an information from the Divisional Police Officer in Nafada indicated that an unknown person with GSM number 08165963766 sent a threatening text message of a mass abduction of the Students of the Gombe State College of Islamic and Legal Studies to the Registrar of the School.
He quoted the text message which said “unless the impending examination is stopped and the College closed down, otherwise there will be mass abduction of students and staff killed”.
He said due to the professionalism of the services and the seamless collaboration, the synergy between the three forces paid off and the prime suspect, Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed was arrested.
Also arrested were his cohorts, Haruna Mohammed 28, and Gambo Mohammed 37, who bought and pre-registered the sim and used it in sending the threat message.
The Police who paraded Abubakar Sadiq along with other suspects also displayed seven pre-registered sim cards, the sim pack of the sim used in sending the threat message with twelve other sim packs.
The Police also displayed four different Local Government indigenes Certificates (Akko, Kwami, Gombe and Yamaltu/Deba) all bearing Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed. One voter card bearing the suspect’s name and two UN Medals and many equipment were recovered from the suspects.
He called on the public to continue to partner with Police and other security agencies by giving genuine information at all times.
He however warned that people must “desist from taking the laws into their hands by either mob attack or confronting security agencies in the performance of their constitutional duties”.