Kaduna State Police Command said it has arrested Alhaji Musa Imam, the man who raised false alarm leading to the death of three persons alleged to be kidnappers in a mob attack at Kawo area of Kaduna metropolis on Monday.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, in a statement giving an update of the horrific incident, said the mastermind of the crisis was arrested around 5:00pm on Tuesday.
According to the terse statement, “At about 1700hrs today (Tuesday), Police Operatives investigating the incident of yesterday at Kawo flyover which resulted to the death of three persons have arrested the master minder of the crisis Alh. Musa Imam who raised the false alarm that attracted the mob who lynched the driver and incited disturbance.”
He said the Police were investigating the matter and more update will follow in due course.
The Police had on Monday evening clarified that the mob reacted to false alarm raised by Alhaji Musa then descended on the suspected kidnappers without any evidence.
It stated that the said Alhaji Musa who deals in oil business had a problem with one of his business partners and was reported to the Lagos State Police command, he was invited and later detained.
According to the PPRO, “From information available to us, his friend went to secure his bail and he was released to them and they became his Sureties, after appearing at the Police station on two occasions he disappeared.
“The Sureties were later invited and asked to produce him, it was then that they informed the Police that they know his resident in Kaduna, and they promised to take the Police there.
“When they arrived Kaduna, they went straight to his house, while the Police were still perfecting their documents at the Command’s headquarters. When he sighted them, he sensed their mission and quickly jumped into his car and drove off.
“The Sureties followed him in their own car and blocked him before Kawo flyover bridge, he (Alhaji Musa) jumped out of his car and raised false alarm that people running after him are kidnappers.
“You know that Kawo flyover is a flashpoint before you know, the Mobs descended on the Sureties believing that they are Kidnappers, that is when we got the distressed call and we moved straight to the spot, we were able to rescue three Sureties but the driver was burnt alongside with the vehicle.
“In the process, the Suspect Alhaj Musa escaped, and we are doing everything now to track him down”. He said.
Credit: The Nation