DSS arrests suspected kidnapper of Australian nationals

The Department of State Services (DSS) said it had arrested Samuel Asuquo, the suspected kidnapper of three Australian nationals working with Lafarge cement company.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Tony Opuiyo, an official of the service in Abuja on Sunday.

Opuiyo said the suspect was arrested by operatives of the service in Nasarawa Bakoko village in Cross River on August 22.

He said that the suspected kidnap kingpin received a ransom of N150 million.

In a related development, the service also arrested three suspected members of a notorious kidnap gang on Aug. 30 in Lafia.

The suspects are Bamaiyi Mustapha, alias Dan Borno, Aminu Isa and Hassan Shehu.

Opuiyo said that the suspects operated around the Abuja-Kaduna axis.

He alleged that they had earlier kidnapped five women and collected N130 million as ransom.

“They were subsequently arrested by the service while planning a high profile kidnap in Abuja, “he said.

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