Gangsters admit collecting N10m ransom
Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Tuesday interrogated Haruna Adamu, Shaibu Adamu and Abubakar Saidu, alleged to be behind the kidnapping of Hon. Sani Bello, a serving member of the House of Representatives from Mashi/Dutsi constituency.
Bello was kidnapped on August 2 in his farm at Gobirawa village at Birrin Gwari area along Kaduna-Abuja road in Kaduna State. He was said to have been released after paying N10 million as ransom.
The Force Public Relations Officers, D Donald Awunah, while parading three of the suspects on behalf of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, at a press briefing in Abuja, said the notorious gang were rounded up at Ungwan Kawu village in Dan Dumi Local Government Area, Katsina State.
While the suspects admitted collecting N10 million as ransoms from the lawmaker, only N250,000 was recovered from one of them.
Also one Gione phone, used for negotiation was recovered from the gang, as exhibit.
The N250,000, according to Idris, was buried in the ground in the bush in one of the suspects village. The other members of the gang are still at large with their loot and they are being trailed
The Police boss said: “These dare devil gangsters were responsible for the kidnap of Hon. Sani Bello, a current member of the House of Representatives, on 2nd August 2016 in his farm along Kaduna-Abuja road.
Shaibu Adamu, the IG said, led operatives to Kawu village, where his share of N250,000.00 being the ransom, was buried in a polythene bag was recovered and marked as exhibit.
While suspects are said to be helping the Police to apprehend fleeing members, Idris said the suspects will soon be arraigned in court for justice to take its course.
The IGP and his team who expressed concern on the incidences of crime and disorder across the country, urged the public to see law enforcement as a collective public responsibility of all, adding that credible information and assistance should be made available to the police at all times.