Kano State Police Command claims a suspected kidnapper, Alhaji Bamuwa Umaru, was arrested while trying to bribe its operative with N1 million to secure get his colleague out of detention.
The suspect who hails from Shika town in Sabon Gari local council, Kaduna State was aid to have approached the Officer in Charge of the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Aliyu Mohammed with the bribe to bail a Zamafara-based kidnapper, Yusuf Ibrahim.
Spokesman for the command, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said the police officer “rejected” the bride and arrested Bamuwa, who later confessed to being a member of a kidnapping gang that terrorized locals in Sheme, Yankara, Kucheri and Faskari local areas of Katsina and Zamfara States.
According to a press statement by Kiyawa, Yusuf was earlier arrested at a motor park by Kano police operatives after he was identified by a driver whom he had kidnapped and collected N500,000 ransom before releasing him.
The statement read: “On 16th December 2022 at about 1400hrs, one Alhaji Bamuwa Umaru, ‘m’, 62 years old, of Shika town, Sabon Gari LGA Kaduna State approached the Officer in Charge of Anti-Kidnapping Squad, State Criminal Investigation Department, Kano State Command, SP Aliyu Mohammed and offered him the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000:00) as bribe to secure the release of one Yusuf Ibrahim, ‘m’, 27 years old, of Danjibga Village, Tsafe LGA, Zamfara State, a suspected kidnapper arrested at Rijiyar Zaki Motor Park Kano.
“Yusuf Ibrahim was arrested by a team of Operation Restore Peace led by CSP Usman Abdullahi, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Rijiyar Zaki Division Kano after he was identified by a driver they kidnapped along Funtuwa-Gusau Road, and collected the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000:00) as ransom before his release.
“He further confessed that their syndicate members killed about Ten (10) of their kidnapped victims, and he alone killed Two (2) of the victims.”
Kiyawa stated that the suspect would be arraigned in court after investigations.