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Regional News of Tuesday, 12 January 2021


Kidnapper kidnapped by another kidnap gang pays N1.5m ransom

In what seems to be a funny twist of fate, a leader of a kidnap gang was forced to pay a ransom of N1.5 million after he was abducted by another kidnap gang.

The victim identified as Ahmadu was kidnapped as he visited the hide-out of the other gang to sell live ammunition.

Police Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, said during a media parade of suspects on Monday, January 11, 2021 investigations revealed that Mohammed Ahmadu, a.k.a Confirm, was the leader of a notorious kidnapping group in the northcentral region of the country, reported.

A ransom of N1,555,000 was paid for his freedom after the 30-year-old was shot in the hand by the rival gang,

Mba on Monday paraded one Abubakar Umaru, a.k.a Buba Bargu, who was allegedly the armourer of the gang that kidnapped Ahmadu, according to

He said the gang were notorious for executing several operations along highways in the northcentral region, especially the Lokoja-Abuja and Abuja–Kaduna highways.

Mba noted that five AK-47 rifles, five magazines, and 120 rounds of AK-47 ammunition were recovered from Umaru at his hideout, according to

A total of 18 suspects were paraded on Monday for offences of armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other violent crimes.

Eight AK-47 rifles, one SMG sterling gun, 236 AK-47 ammunition, 12 pieces of SMG sterling gun ammunition, and two Toyota Camry saloon cars were recovered from them.

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