Police nab 2nd Abuja kidnap leader days after Wike’s N20m bounty

THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has arrested a ‘notorious’ kidnapper, Samaila Wakili Fafa, a.k.a Habu Ibrahim, days after the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, placed a N20 million bounty on his head and one other.

The command, in a statement signed by its spokesperson Josephine Adeh, on Tuesday, February 27, said acting on credible intelligence, on February 24, at about 7:05 p.m., the command’s operatives stormed Sardauna Forest, Toto, Nasarawa State, and arrested Wakili, who had been on the command’s wanted list for a long time.

“The suspect is one of the two kidnappers the Honorable Minister FCT placed a bounty on, as the other one, namely Saidu Abdulkadir a.k.a Dahiru Adamu, had earlier been arrested by the command.

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“He confessed that his syndicate masterminded and executed several kidnappings in FCT and its environs, including the abduction of Barr. Chris Agidy, the legal aid to Senator. Ned Nwoko and Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the district head of Ketti Village, who were later killed by them,” part of the statement reads. 

According to the police spokesperson, Wakili further led police operatives to where the body of Agidy was buried, and the police recovered and deposited the body in Gwagwalada General Hospital.

The police said while the investigation was ongoing, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, reiterated his commitment to combating crime and criminality and to ensure the safety of the FCT residents. 

The Command urged residents to report suspicious activities through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; PCB: 09022222352.

The ICIR reported that the command arrested a kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir, also known as Dahiru Adamu, barely 48 hours after the Wike offered a N20 million bounty.

The FCT police commissioner, Benneth Igwe, said his officers made the arrest after a raid on kidnappers’ camps bordering Nasarawa and Abuja via Kuje Area Council at about midnight on Thursday, February 15.

The ICIR reported that on Wednesday, February 14, Wike promised the command a N20 million reward to apprehend two notorious kidnappers, including Abdulkadir and Wakil.



    Several reports by The ICIR ( including the one here and here) have captured the plight of the FCT residents abandoning their homes due to rising kidnapping and bandits attacks.

    Speaking on the bounty during a chat with The ICIR on Tuesday, February 27, a security expert, Oladele Fajana, said he did not support the idea of bounty or rewards before police and other security agencies could do their job.

    “The idea of announcing bounty, I don’t like it. I don’t know who gets the bounty. It’s not a good thing for security agencies.

    “I have never supported it and won’t support it; it has never worked.
    Even with the EFCC, it has never worked. It is a fallacy. The police have been paid for their work, so they should do it without expecting any extra reward,” Fajana stated.



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