By Solomon Attah, Lafia
The police in Nasarawa State has arrested 12 persons suspected to have kidnapped the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Jibril Giza.
The Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, stated this while parading 35 suspected criminals at the state capital, Lafia.
It would be recalled that Giza who was kidnapped at the early hours of Sunday February 16, 2020 by gunmen in his residence at Shabu, regained his freedom around 8:00 pm on Tuesday.
But the Commissioner explained that the suspects were arrested based on intelligence and technical information by the police.
He noted that the police found the victim in Duduguru in Obi Local Government Area abandon by the kidnappers due to the close trail by his men.
Longe also denied knowledge of any ransom paid either by the family members of the kidnapped victim to secure his release.
Similarly, the Police also arrested a woman Paulina Santos of Azuba community in Lafia for mobilizing criminals to kidnap her well-to-do neighbour.
According to the CP, the woman had contacted someone to help her organise a gang that will kidnap the mother of her bosom friend.
“She told her contact that the husband and children of her target were all working with the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) and could afford to pay huge ransom.
“But, unfortunately for her and fortunately for her neighbour, her contact inform the police about her plan and she was arrested,” the CP said.
The CP appealed to the public to always supply them with useful information to enable them stop crime.
He commanded his men, the Inspector-Genereral of Police and the Nasarawa State Government for their support.
In an interview with newsmen, Paulina Santos, confessed to the crime and appealed for mercy.