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A 62-year-old man, Bamuwa Umaru, has been arrested in Kano state for allegedly offering N1 million as bribe to the police to secure the release of a suspected kidnapper, Yusuf Ibrahim.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Ibrahim, a resident of Danjibga village, Zamfara State was arrested by the police for allegedly participating in series of abduction in his home state.
The spokesperson for Kano Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, said the suspected kidnapper was arrested by a team of Operation Restore Peace led by CSP Usman Abdullahi, DPO Rijiyar Zaki Division, Kano.
He was arrested after he was identified by a driver he kidnapped alongside some others at Funtuwa-Gusau Road, and they collected the sum of N500,000 as ransom before his release.
The Police spokesperson added that investigations revealed that Ibrahim participated in series of kidnapping at Sheme, Yankara, Faskari and Kucheri villages in Katsina and Zamfara States, respectively.
He added that Ibrahim also confessed that their syndicate killed about 10 of their kidnapped victims, and he alone killed two of the victims.
The Command spokesperson said “On Dec. 16, 2022 at about 2:00p.m, Bamuwa Umaru, resident of Shika town Kaduna State, approached the Officer in charge of Anti-Kidnapping Squad, State Criminal Investigation Department, Kano Command, SP Aliyu Mohammed.
“Yusuf Ibrahim was identified by a driver they kidnapped along Funtuwa-Gusau Road, and collected the sum of N500,000 as ransom before his release.
“On preliminary investigations, Ibrahim confessed to the crime and further confessed to have participated in series of kidnapping at Sheme, Yankara, Faskari and Kucheri villages in Katsina and Zamfara States, respectively.
“Ibrahim also confessed that their syndicate killed about 10 of their kidnapped victims, and he alone killed two of the victims.
“The suspects would be charged to court upon completion of the investigation,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mamman Dauda, commended the people of the state, security agencies, media, vigilance groups, the command’s community policing team and other stakeholders for their prayers, support, encouragement and cooperation.
He assured residents of adequate security, warning those planning to distrupt the peace to stay away, as “Kano state remains a no go area for evil planners.”
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