A notorious gunrunner and criminal mastermind, Jonah Abbey, has reportedly been arrested after 10 years of being declared wanted by the Police.
The criminal mastermind who was reportedly in charge of supplying weapons to criminal groups in Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Plateau, Nasarawa, and Benue/Taraba axis was arrested alongside his driver Agyo Saviour aka Dan-Wase.
The criminal mastermind, also known as Jonah IDI, was arrested on March 13, 2018 in Wukari town in Wukari LGA, Taraba State.
DSS while revealing the arrest reported that it recieved intelligence leading to the arrest of the criminal mastermind who was reported to have moved arms and ammunition from Konduga in Borno State into Taraba State.
The report from the DSS reads: “It may be noted that subject has entrenched his criminal activities in different parts of the country. Indications are that he sources arms from the Republic of Cameroon and parts of the North-East of Nigeria.”
Additionally, another kidnap kingpin known as Lawal Ibrahim a.k.a Alhaji Awalu was also arrested at Chiwarna Hotel, Angwan Rogo by Bauchi road, Jos North LGA.
The DSS reports that “the syndicate was responsible for the killing of a personnel of the Service in the State, Daanan BALGNAN, on 30th December 2017 and was involved in other high profile kidnap incidents in Plateau and neighboring States of Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Bauchi.
“Following the arrest, the sum of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1.5M) was recovered from the suspects. The money is part of the sum of two million Naira (N2M) ransom, which the syndicate collected from Ayuba GAMALE, a staff of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), whose two (2) abducted family members were released on 14th March 2018. Other members of the syndicate are still being trailed by the Service.
“The arrest of these suspects is significant for two different, but related reasons. In the first case, the arrested kidnap kingpin, IBRAHIM, is adjudged the most dangerous in Plateau State, as he is known to be principally responsible for recent kidnap incidents in the State.
“This arrest would be a great plus in the fight against these criminal gangs. In the case of Jonah IDI, his arrest would greatly degrade and disrupt the booming illicit arms supply business, which up till now has sustained the crisis in Taraba, Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa States.”