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‘How we kidnapped our village chief’

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A member of a notorious kidnapping gang terrorizing communities in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Sa’udi Abdulsamadu, has landed in police net following a voluntary confession.

He allegedly participated in the recent kidnapping of their village head that fetched them N2 million ransom.

Speaking to Daily Trust from his police cell, Abdulsamadu, 50, said he was pushed into the criminal gang of 10 by the devil.

Abdulsamadu, a commercial motorcyclist, who voluntarily confessed in the village square, said he was introduced to the crime by two of his friends, Ilu and Mairali, who told him to come and join them in a money spinning business.

A father of 10, Abdulsamadu said they had eight guns in but that he had never handled any. He said he only carried a stick during the kidnap of the village head.

According to him, before a ransom was paid for the freedom of their captive, the village head of Kijin, Alhaji Mahmuda, he was held in Dumba forest, about 15 kilometres away from Kijin for over a week while negotiation went on.

He said the ransom was taken to the forest by the son of the victim, but he was not among those that collected the money for fear he would be identified since he hailed from the village.

The suspect said his two other friends that got him involved in crime also hail from the same village.

“This is my first participation in crime of kidnapping. The evil deed has been haunting me. I am just not at peace with myself that is why I decided to confess. Police arrested me after the vigilante group in my locality handed me over to them.”

Speaking on the matter, the state police command’s spokesperson, SP Abdul Jinjiri, said on January 22, at midnight, a case was reported to them that the village head of Kijin and one Dauda Wada were kidnapped and that one of the suspects was arrested recently.

He said the suspect was cooperating with the police while undergoing interrogation and that as soon as they were through, he would be arraigned before a court.

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