By Oladipupo Mojeed
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested associates of notorious kidnap kingpin, Terwase Akwaza (aka Ghana).
The men arrested are Dondo Orsaa, Terhile Mbaloha and Teryima Ihiambe (aka Clark).
The DSS had on Monday, June 12 alerted Nigerians of the burst in high-profile criminal cases, including the arrest of associates of Ghana.
Orsaa, Mbaloha and Ihiambe were apprehended at various locations within Katsina-Ala local government in Benue state.
The gang members were arrested for their sustenance of kidnap operations across Benue and Taraba states.
It was gathered that the coordinated operation of the DSS on Friday, June 9 recovered one AK-47 rifle, a 9mm pistol, ammunition and complete set of Army uniform from Orsaa.
Also, on Monday, April 10, one Terna Sakpo, an informant to the Akwaza syndicate was arrested around the Army Barracks in Takum in Taraba state.
According to the DSS, some of the operations were planned and executed with sister agencies and targeted at kidnappers, terrorists and other high-profile criminals.
Similar operations were carried out in Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Rivers, Imo and Kaduna states.
“Concerned with the plethora of kidnappings on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, the service, on 28th May, 2017, arrested Aminu Aliyu in Sokoto state for the kidnap of Ifeanyi Amos, an Army Captain on 27th May, 2017 along the Jaji-Kaduna Highway.
“On 7th June, 2017, the service also arrested Yusuf Aliyu at Ungwar Danmani, Rigasa, Kaduna-North, for his suspected membership of the syndicate terrorizing users of the Abuja-Kaduna road.
“Again, on 9th June, 2017, at Dankande village, Rigachiku, Igabi local government in Kaduna state, DSS confronted a notorious kidnap gang; the leader Isah Baki, escaped with gunshot wounds, but three of members of the gang were arrested.
“There are Hassan Abdullahim, 22, Abubakar Abdullahi, 27, and Suleiman Abdullahi, 30 said DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo.
On the same day, on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Express road in Kaduna, the DSS engaged another dangerous kidnap group and arrested Yusuf Sani and Yusuf Adamu.