Cases of kidnapping are on the rise nationwide.

Several gangs have abducted people along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, demanding high ransom from the families.

But a few of them have been arrested.

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it arrested 18 suspected members of notorious kidnap gangs operating across Nigeria.

Some of the suspects are Haliru Hassan, Usman Abdulkadir, Yusuf Saidu, Abubakar Shuiabu, Abubakar Suleiman, Uzairu Bawa and Sani Abubakar.

A statement issued by a spokesman for the service, Mr Tony Opuiyo, said that the suspects were arrested on July 3, at the Kakuri industrial area of Kaduna State.

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The suspects, according to the DSS, have been terrorising motorists and commuters within the Rijana and Katari axis of the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

The DSS also arrested 2 notorious kidnap suspects, Rabiu Sani alias Dogo, and Abubakar Sani.

He said that the suspects were arrested on July 4, along the Zaria-Funtua road in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The operative said that Sani was a notorious kidnapper and gun-runner who had been supplying arms and ammunition to criminal elements in Kaduna, Kano, Taraba and Plateau states.

Another 2 high profile kidnappers were arrested at Ikara Junction, Tudun Wada Local Government Area of Kano State.

According to the spokesman for the DSS, they were members of a kidnap gang which had been operating at the Falgore forest in Kano.