The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Kogi Police Command has arrested about 25 herdsmen suspected to be robbers and kidnappers who disguised with cattle in the state.
They are reported to be those robbing and kidnapping people in Osara-Lokoja Expressway under the cover of leading their cattle for free grazing in the area, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, said.
According to the Sunday, Inalegwu commended the Commander of SARS, Mr. Bimbo Oyewole and his operatives, who stormed the hideout of the Fulani herdsmen at Itobe and Adogo axis of Ajaokuta Local Government Area.
The suspected disguised herdsmen had June 3, 2017 attacked a passenger bus along the Osara-Lokoja and took some of the female passengers to their hideout in the bush.
They rapped the female passengers and also collected N500, 000 as ransom.
They kidnapped and robbed another set of bus passengers along the Kabba-Shoko road and held the passengers for three days, collected N1 million as ransom and raped the female victims.
Inalegwu further revealed that the Fulani kidnappers and robbers masquerading as herdsmen also abducted a man in Okene. They took the sum of N400,300 from the victim and held him for seven days before he was released.
The operatives also arrested the alleged kingpin armed robbers and kidnappers in the area, Mr. Olobo Abdul, along 10 members of his gang, who operate Auchi-Okechi West and Osara-Lokoja Road.
Inalegwu also said the gang kidnapped a foreigner in January 2017, and held him hostage in the bush until N1 million was paid to them as ransom.