A notorious armed robber and kidnapper wanted by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has been arrested in Ondo State. Shehu Usman Usman, who had been on ‘watchlist’ of the security agent for a long time, was nabbed by crack of detectives from Ondo State Police Command, Akure.
The 30-year-old ‘notorious criminal’ was paraded on wednessday before journalists in Akure, the capital city. He was nabbed alongside members of his robbery and kidnap gang at a hideout in Edo State fours year after he had been declared wanted.
Usman belonged to a six-man gang of armed robbers and kidnappers networking between Kogi, Ondo and Edo states.
It was gathered that the notorious kingpin with members of his gang always terrorised travellers on Auga (Ondo), Kabba (Kogi) and Ibilo (Edo) area of the three states.
The other members of the gang are 19-year-old Ismaila Wakili, 33-year-old Abdullahi Sanni, 36-year-old Muhammed Abdullahi with 25-year-old Umoru Usman.
Both Usman and Ismaila Wakili are the two most dreaded members of the gang and always negotiate with other robbery and kidnap syndicates for information even on the Benin-Ore axis of Edo and Ondo borders.
The six-man gang had sent many of their victims to their early grave and also left many family members with a tale of tears, sorrow and blood.
Although, a police source told our correspondent that th ‘ring leader’ of the gang is currenly on the run, he expressed optimism that he would soon be arrested, paraded and prosecuted.
While speaking on the arrest of the gang, Undie Adie, Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, said his men apprehended Usman and his group at their hideout in Edo State.
Adie explaned that the gang had been terrorising motorists on the roads by robbing and kidnapping their victims for heavy ransom.
He said the last straw that finally broke the camel’s back was when they abducted one Prince Omoghae Igbegbon of A3 Senior Staff Quarters, Nifor, in Edo State, on Akunnu/Auga Akoko Road in Ondo State.
Confessing to the crime, Usman and Wakili said they always pretended as labourers to get information about their victims.
Both men claimed that, though, they had not been making big money in the kidnap business, they had been terrorizing people on major roads of the three states.