No fewer than 29 kidnap victims including the village head of Jirgwai in Madobi Local Government Area, Alhaji Inusa Idris, have been rescued have been rescued in Kano State, the state’s police spokesman, Haruna Abdullahi, has said.
At a briefing held at the state police command in Bompai said 11suspected kidnappers were arrested by the police in the state.
According to him, 15 armed robbers were also arrested by the Command.
Abdullahi also hinted that one Prof. Solomon Musa Tarfa of No 15 Iroko Avenue, Normansland was also arrested for allegedly operating illegal orphanage.
He said 19 children were rescued from the said orphanage, while further investigation led to the rescue of eight more children at a sister-orphanage in Kaduna state.
He said: “On 25 December, 2019, credible Information available at the Command’s disposal revealed that one Prof. Solomon Musa Tarfa of number 15 Iroko Avenue, Normansland, Kano operates an orphanage named Du Mercy Children Development Ministry without lawful authority.
“He used the orphanage to house children of both sexes reasonably believed to be abducted. Based on that information, the command’s teams of Operation Puff-Adder were detailed for intelligence-led operation.
“He was arrested and 19 children were found under his control or possession. Investigation was extended to the sister Orphanage home located at No 6 Favour Close, Narayi High Cot Kaduna and eight more children were found.”
DSP Abdullahi further stated, “the wife of the principal suspect, one Mrs. Mercy Tarfa now at large is in active connivance with her husband to commit the heinous crime where she participated fully in sourcing the children through unlawful means.