LAGOS ––Nigerian security forces said Wednesday they arrested 49 kidnappers and highway armed robbers operating in the nation’s capital Abuja and neighboring states.

The suspects are accused of kidnapping and armed robbery cases in Abuja, Kaduna, Niger, and Zamfara, according to Moshood Jimoh, a spokesman of the Nigerian police.

The suspects were arrested by personnel attached to the Operation Absolute Sanity. Items seized from the suspects include AK rifles and dozens of vehicles.

The police spokesman said some of the victims whose cars were snatched by the suspects were killed in the process.

The police said the suspects had confessed to their crimes and would be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.

On July 25, 2017, the Nigerian police on commenced “Absolute Sanity” on Abuja-Kaduna Highway to check incessant cases of kidnapping and armed robbery.

Armed robbery and abduction are common in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. Most foreigners and citizens seized by gunmen in the country were released unharmed after paying a ransom.