Police foil kidnap attempt in Niger, arrest gang leader

The Niger Police Command has arrested 26-year-old Umar Mohammed aka Babuga Yellow, for alleged kidnapping.

In a press statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, on Friday in Minna, the suspect revealed that his gang had plans to carry out an operation before he was arrested.

“He confessed that the syndicate was planning to abduct two prominent persons in Garatu village,” the statement revealed.

The suspect also mentioned names of other gang members who are at large, adding that they have been involved in kidnapping for ransom and cattle rustling.

“During interrogation, he confessed to having belonged to a group of bandits who specialized in cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom. He mentioned other members of the gang as follows: Bokolore, Ruwance, and, Giware, all presently at large”.

“After series of investigations, he stated that they carry out cattle rustling escapades at different locations in Beji, Wushishi, and Kataeregi,” Wasiu said.

Wasiu said the police also intercepted and arrested 20-year-old Musa Yakubu in possession of six locally fabricated guns without cartridges, adding that during interrogation, he claimed to have bought the guns from someone whose name he doesn’t know, but reside in the same village with him.


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