Pastor Among 47 Armed Robbers, Kidnappers Arrested By Police In Nasarawa State

By Godwin Joseph



The Nasarawa State Police Command, has arrested 47 suspected criminals, including a pastor allegedly involved in armed robbery and kidnapping in the State.

The State Police Commissioner, Bola Longe, while parading the suspects before  news men in Lafia, said the suspects were arrested in different flash points across the State, through diligent effort of Operation Puff- Adder.

According to him, the Command’s breakthrough came as a result of  credible information available through technical intelligence, coupled with consistent, diligent and real time monitoring the suspects.

Among the suspects arrested, was Pastor Yaren Bala Mkparushama,  involved in kidnapping one Mrs. Victoria Nandi Timothy at Kurmin Tagwaye, Akwanga Local Government Area of the State.

He said: “The Police Command swung into action and via technical intelligence, arrested one Pastor Yarren Bala Mkparushama in connection to the crime.

“The victim was eventually released on 10th October after a sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000.00) was paid to the kidnapping syndicate by the victim’s husband,” adding that the case was still under investigation.

The Command also recovered six firearms, 24 ammunitions including three motorcycles during the operation.

CP Longe urged members of the public to continue in assisting the Command with vital information in order to make the State crime free.

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