The North East Chairman and Commander of Hunters and Vigilante popular known as Sarkin Baka Mohammed Shawulu Yohanna has announced the arrest of a suspected kidnap kingpin after a shoot out around Gorgor and Liya villages in Hawul LGA of Borno State.
Yohanna said his team also recovered a sophisticated rifle and the sum of N945,000 as exhibits from the suspect who was handed over to the Divisional Police Office in Hawul Local Government Area for further action.
Recently, the same leader with his team arrested some Boko Haram food suppliers where he recovered N6.050 million who the team also handed over to the authorities of the 231 Battalion, Biu for further action.
Yohanna said they kidnappers descended on a Fulani settlement around Gorgor/Liya communities and asked the whereabouts of their leader, Ardo but unfortunately for them he was not around but the wounded his son and collected N1 million.
“We recieved a distress call that some kidnappers stormed a Fulani settlement inbetween Gorgor and Liya communities. I quickly mobilized my team to the area for rescue.
“On reaching the area, we clashed with the Kidnappers at about 3am which led to exchange of fire, fortunately, we overwhelmed the kidnappers including the arrest of their leader who was in possession of a sophisticated rifle.
“We also recovered about N945,000 cash from the leader, as they were able to squander some amount from the N1 million seized from the Fulani men.
“Presently, we took the arrested leader, the recovered money and the rifle to Hawul where we handed them over to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, for further investigation,” Yohanna said.
Yohanna commended the security agencies and the government of Borno state under the leadership of Governor Babagana Zulum as well as the Theatre Commander Operation Hadin Kai, North East, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa for their support and commitment in the collective fight against insecurity in the region.