Nigeria police arrest man behind false kidnap alarm in Kaduna

Nigeria police arrest man behind false kidnap alarm in Kaduna

- Nigeria police operatives have arrested Alhaji Musa Imam, the man who raised an alarm in Kaduna state that resulted in the death of three persons

- Imam was trailed by three of his friends who stood as surety for him in Lagos after he jumped bail

- His scream attracted a mob who lynched the driver of the vehicle conveying three men

Nigeria police operatives on Tuesday, May 21 arrested Alhaji Musa Imam, the man who raised an alarm in Kaduna state that resulted in the death of three persons on the same day.

Imam was trailed by three of his friends who stood as surety for him in Lagos after he jumped bail.

According to Daily Trust, his scream attracted a mob who lynched the driver of the vehicle conveying three men while the two others ran to a nearby fuel station until they were rescued by policemen.

In the process of trying to get the men out from the scene, security agents shot three other persons.

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After attracting the mob which went after the men and killed the driver, Alhaji Imam was said to have escaped.

Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, in a statement sent to journalists, said Alhaji Imam was arrested at about 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 21.

The statement indicated that one of the three persons shot yesterday in the bid by the mob to lynch the three men had died, bringing to three the number of casualties as a result of the false alarm.

The PPRO said the police in Lagos had called the three men who stood surety for him who trailed him to Kaduna to invite him to the station “but on seeing them, he raised the alarm that they are kidnappers and the mob attacked the men that stood surety for him.”

DSP Sabo in an earlier statement had narrated the incident. His words: “One Alhaji Musa who was granted bail for a case of fraud in Lagos, while attempting to escape justice, raised false alarm, prompting the mob to lynch the visitors who came in from Lagos at about 8:30am on May 20, 2019.

“Some operatives from Lagos command came in respect of one Alhaji Musa in a fraud case. They came with some sureties who are his business associates who stood bail for him in Lagos. They tried to convince him to come to Lagos for his case but he was evading justice so they came looking for him in Kaduna.

“While the police where putting together their papers, the three friends or sureties decided to track and put a tab on him. They met him and told him to follow them but he refused and decided to take his children to school.

“While they were following him, when they got to Kawo bridge, he came out and started shouting that they were kidnappers tailing him, that was how the driver trapped in the vehicle was lynched.

“One of them was wounded in the head and fell into gutter, the other two escaped and were sheltered in a nearby filling station.

“The police came later and rescued them but were resisted by the thugs who became agitated when the police wanted to evacuate the suspects. They started throwing stones at the police and the suspects and that is why the police had to use force to evacuated the suspects.

“Normal by law, the police is saddled with protection of lives, and will not hand over suspects to mobs to be lynched, so with the reinforcement from the army, we were able to evacuated the suspects.”

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Meanwhile, twenty suspected bandits have been arrested at different locations in Sokoto state.

They were paraded on Tuesday, May 21 at the state police command headquarters in Sokoto, Daily Trust reports.

The commissioner of police, Ibrahim Kaoje, said the successful arrests was the outcome of effective synergy with other security agencies.

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