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Nigerian police said Sunday they nabbed 26 suspected highway armed robbers and kidnappers in the northern state of Kaduna.

The suspects were behind kidnapping and armed robbery cases along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, including those who abducted three final-year law students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, said Yakubu Sabo, the state police spokesman, in a statement.

The kidnappers, according to the spokesman, were arrested in different locations by a combined team of police operational units, following a tip-off.

The three final-year law students of the ABU were kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna highway while the lawmaker, Suleiman Dabo, was abducted along the Kaduna-Zaria highway two weeks ago.

He also said the operatives succeeded in neutralizing three suspected bandits during an encounter with the force, noting that efforts were on to arrest other members of the gangs and recovered more weapons from them.

Dangerous items recovered from the bandits included two AK47 rifles, three operational motorcycles and 450,000 naira (about 1,250 U.S. dollars) of cash, which was part of the ransom paid by the Kaduna lawmaker, the spokesman said.

Sabo also reiterated the commitment of state police chief Ali Janga to getting rid of criminal elements in the state. Enditem

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