Abubakar Umar, a suspected kidnapper, has disclosed that over N200m has been taken in ransom in the last 6 months by him and his colleagues.
Their major targets are expatriates because they have received millions of Naira, Umar revealed.
He said, “My job is kidnapping, and I operate mainly in Niger and Kebbi states. I operated with my masters who operate in Sokoto. During one of the operations, we collected N100m in ransom. We did another operation in Oyo, and we realised N50m.
“I participated in six kidnap operations. We kidnapped a Chinese, and he paid N9m without a problem before he (the victim) was released.”
The suspects also said he made N4m from another kidnap job and another N500,000 in Kebbi.
“For the one in Niger, I kidnapped and collected N4m. After that, I was contacted by an informant who gave me another job, and I realised N4m.
“I got another job in Kebbi where we collected N1m. Another victim we kidnapped didn’t have much money, but he was able to pay N500,000 before he was released.”
The DCP, Frank Mba said, “they intercepted 28 trucks containing 1,972 bags of grains and 208 bags of beans meant for delivery to kidnappers and bandits in some northern states.”
He said, “Apart from intensifying efforts to mop up weapons, we have also carried out strategies aimed at intercepting food delivery to the criminals.”