Police arrest kidnappers of American citizen rescued by U.S. forces


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 yesterday, 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 revealed 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.”

Umaru said they were part of the kidnappers who abducted Walton in Niger.

He said: ” We went with seven motorcycles and kidnapped the American after which he was taken to Kalmaro Forest in Sokoto State, where he was rescued by the Special Forces.”

Meanwhile, as part of efforts at tackling transnational crimes, Mba disclosed that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was working with other members of the West African Police Chiefs Organization to deepen intelligence sharing among security agencies in the ECOWAS sub-region and strengthen security along the international borders of the member states.


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