The police have arrested two suspected members of a trans-national kidnap syndicate involved in the abduction of an American citizen, Philippe Walton, on October 28, 2020, at his farm in Masalata village, Republic of Niger.
Walton was rescued by the American Special Forces in Sokoto State, in which six of the kidnappers were killed on October 31.
Parading the suspects in Abuja on Thursday, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said Aliyu Abdullahi, 21, and Aliyu Umaru, 23, were members of a 15-man kidnap gang of Nigerian/Nigerien extraction, led by one Barte Dan Alhaji and Dan Buda.
He explained that Abdullahi and Umaru who hailed from Sokoto State, were arrested on November 25.
Mba said, “Investigations by the Intelligence Response Team reveal that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of their cohorts – four Nigeriens and two Nigerians who died during the rescue operations.
“The Force is collaborating with its Nigerien counterpart in the investigations to apprehend other members of the transnational syndicate currently at large.”