A kidnap suspect, Abubakar Umar, has revealed that he and other members of his gang made more than N200 million from kidnapping in the last six months
A kidnap suspect, Abubakar Umar, has revealed that he and other members of his gang made more than N200 million from kidnapping in the last six months in Niger and Kebbi states. Umar aka Dogo, specializes in kidnapping expatriates. The police revealed that 28 trucks containing 1,972 bags of grains and 208 bags of beans, which were meant to be delivered to the den of kidnappers and bandits in the northeast and northwest states, were intercepted.
Force spokesman, Frank Mba, said: “The suspects are Abubakar Umar AKA Dogo Buba, Umar Mohammed, Usman Abubakar, and Shehu Mohammed at Kainji, Mariga Bangi and Tsaragi in Niger and Kwara states. The suspects confessed to series of kidnapping in Niger, Kebbi, Kwara and Osun states and collection of millions of naira from their victims as ransom before they release the suspect. The suspects within the span of the last six months has been involved in high level kidnappings missions and in his own words, his gang has raked in well over N200 miillion from various kidnap operations.”
Dogo, who confessed to specialising in kidnapping foreign expatriates and collection of millions of naira before releasing his victims, said: “My job is kidnapping and I operate mainly in Niger and Kebbi states. I used to go on the operation with my masters who operate in Sokoto. During one of the operations, we collected N100 million as ransom. We did another operation in Oyo and we realised N50 million.
“I participated in six kidnap operations. We kidnapped a Chinese expatriate and they paid N9 million as ransom without problem before he was released. For the one in Niger, I kidnapped and collected N4 million. After that, I was contacted by an informant who gave me another job and I realised N4 million. I got another job in Kebbi where we collected N1 million as ransom. Another victim we kidnapped didn’t have much and he was able to pay N500, 000 before he was released.”