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Police catch alleged mastermind of 2022 Abuja-Kaduna passenger train attack

The Nigeria Police says it has arrested the suspected mastermind of the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train, during which some passengers were killed, while scores were abducted in March 2022.

The self-confessed mastermind of the attack was identified as Ibrahim Abdullahi, also known as Mande.

Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known in Kaduna on Thursday.

Adejobi added that the suspect had also participated in the abduction of students from Greenfield University in 2021.

As many as 48 AK-47 rifles were seized during Mandi’s arrest and efforts are underway to identify his sponsor and weapons supplier, Adejobi said.

He said, “On 12th January 2024, police operatives attached to an anti-kidnapping unit of Kaduna State Criminal Investigation Department, based on credible information swooped in and arrested one Ibrahim Abdullahi aka Mande at Abuja-Kaduna Road flyover by Rido Junction.

“The suspect confessed to being the leader of a kidnap syndicate terrorizing the Kaduna-Abuja highway, ranked among other criminals like Dogo Gide and Bello Turji.

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“He had participated in various kidnapping incidents, including the kidnapping incident at Green Field University and he partook in almost all the kidnappings along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.”

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