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The killers also kidnapped Mante’s two wives and one-year-old daughter in August 2020.

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested four suspected killers of Musa Mante, who was a serving member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly from the Dass Local Government Area of the state. 

The killers also kidnapped Mante’s two wives and one-year-old daughter in August 2020.

A statement by CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday, said the suspects also confessed to the murder of one Mallam Dahiru Suleiman, and a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Garkuwa, who they claimed was a bane to their free operation in the area. 

The arrests were made by operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT), who also nabbed some suspects involved in a criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, and kidnapping in June 2022. 

“The suspected killers of the lawmaker are Hashimu Galadima (aka Kan-Wuka) aged 48, Abdulwahab Alhassan (aka Emeka) aged 31, Abdulwahab Ahmed (aka Dan-Mama) aged 35, and Alh. Modu Saleh, all of Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State,” the statement said. 

They were arrested following credible intelligence, the statement said. 

The suspects, according to police investigations, are members of a syndicate actively involved in kidnapping and robbery operations within Bauchi state and its environs. 

“Operatives of the FIB-IRT equally apprehended the trio of Murtala Ibrahim aged 37, Suleiman Rabiu aged 28, and Surajo Sani (aka Mandula) aged 39, for kidnapping and providing information to other notorious kidnap gangs on likely victims of their crime. The suspects who operate within Yankwani and Kurami Towns in Bakori LGA of Katsina State carried out the kidnap of a man, his wife and two children from whom they obtained a ransom of 30 million Naira,” it said. 

“The FIB-IRT recovered a total of 27 firearms including 10 AK rifles, 1 G3 rifle, 8 pump action guns, 3 locally made pistols, 3 English double-barrelled guns, 633 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, 8 expended cartridges, and one cutlass from the suspects in the course of investigations.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, has assured well-meaning members of the society who are stakeholders in security, of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensuring that all criminal suspects are dealt the full blow of the law upon arrest. 

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations,” the statement added. 

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