The police in Adamawa State have arrested 36 suspects. Of the number, 32 are charged with kidnapping and four with robbery.
The police also seized eight vehicles from one of the 32.
Commissioner of Police Olugbenga Adeyanju, who paraded the suspects and items recovered yesterday, said Hamadu Umoru (37) conspired with some others at large to kidnap people in Adamawa and parts of Taraba. He then used the ransom obtained from them to buy the cars.
Three of the four suspects charged with criminal conspiracy and robbery are Yusuf Musa (35), Sale Kade (30) and Modi Luka (33).
Items recovered from the suspects include nine AK-47 rifles and 664 rounds of live ammunition, 16 arrows, six knives, 10 phones, and two laptops.
Adeyanju added that the arrests and recovery of vehicles and weapons were made within last month by the anti-kidnapping unit, in collaboration with professional hunters and other community stakeholders.
“Professional hunters are very helpful generally, with the exception of a few who are giving the hunters a bad name,” the police boss added.
Buba Mohammed (Mallam), a neighbour to one Aliyu Suleiman, resident of More in Yulde Pate, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa state confessed to having connived with a syndicate group of Kidnappers from Taraba and Adamawa and Kidnapped Aishatu and her eight months Child.
Buba made the confession while is been paraded by Adamawa commissioner of police, CP Olubenga Adeyanju at the command headquarters to newsmen In Yola.
According to him a herdsman by name Wakili approached him to have a deal of kidnapping his neighbour’s wife that his Brother who is a top government official in the state will cough out millions of for ransom.
While giving detail of how he connived with the group of unknown four people he said he was the one organising and telling them the situation of things during negotiations.
He said the kidnappers on coming to the residence of his neighbour, Aliyu ran away and advised them to kidnap the wife and her eight months son they will get enough money.
Mohammed while responding to our correspondent, he revealed that he was the one monitoring the happenings around and calling them on phone giving them situations reports and what is happening on ground.
He confessed to newsmen that the family of Aliyu has been good to him but the Devil deceived him for the act that will end his life in jail.
“I’ve monitored the happenings around because I’m close to the family and relate back to the kidnappers somewhere i don’t know in the bush
” Honestly I don’t know them and I don’t know where they have taken them too. All they say they will give me part of the deal after the operation, which they later gave me sixty thousand naira of the one million ten thousand naira they have collected as ransom.
“I’m pleading for Mercy, it’s the work of the devil, I don’t really know what has come over me.” He confessed
Narrating his ordeals, Aliyu said it’s really bad to be good as Buba, who is popularly known as Mallam is a perceived good neighbour who I always convey his children to school with my car and bring them back whenever they have close alongside my own kids, I always make sure during Sallah festivities I give him my own little help and my brothers support his family upkeep whenever the need arises is what i can’t understand.
He said what baffled him the most is during the ongoing negotiations to secure his wife and Son, the kidnappers will tell them exactly what they have agreed to do as a family or I as an individual.
” From today I now understand doing good to people is a serious crime.” He said
CP Olubenga told journalists that it took them months to arrest them as they don’t stay in one place and the arms dealer who is providing them with arms and ammunitions is being trailed