Policeman Rejects N1m Bribe To Free Kidnap Suspect In Kano

A 62-year-old man, Bamuwa Umaru, has been nabbed by the Kano State Police Command for attempting to secure the release of a suspected kidnapper, Yusuf Ibrahim.

The spokesperson for the Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna, on Tuesday, said Umaru was arrested after he offered a bribe of N1 million to a policeman for the release of the suspect.

Haruna said the suspect upon preliminary investigation confirmed partaking in a series of kidnappings at villages in Katsina and Zamfara states and also confessed that their syndicate group killed up to 10 of their victims out of which he singlehandedly killed two.

“On December 16, 2022 at about 2pm, one Alhaji Bamuwa Umaru, 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 N1m as bribe to secure the release of one Yusuf Ibrahim, 27 years old, of Danjibga Village, Tsafe LGA, Zamfara State, a suspected kidnapper arrested at Rijiyar Zaki Motor Park Kano.

“Ibrahim was arrested by a team of Operation Restore Peace led by CSP Usman Abdullahi, the Divisional Police Officer, Rijiyar Zaki Division Kano after he was identified by a driver they kidnapped along Funtua-Gusau Road, and collected the sum of N500,000 as ransom before his release.

“On preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime and further confessed to having participated in a series of kidnappings at Sheme, Yankara, faskari and Kucheri villages in Katsina and Zamfara states respectively. He further confessed that their syndicate members killed about 10 of their kidnapped victims, and he alone killed two of the victims,” the police spokesman said.

He added that the suspects would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

Haruna said the Commissioner of Police, CP Mamman Dauda, appreciated the good people of Kano, other security agencies, the media, vigilante groups and the Command’s Community Policing Stakeholders for their prayers, support, encouragement and cooperation.

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