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I started kidnapping to pay my five children’s school fees – 30 years old suspect

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I started kidnapping to pay my five children’s school fees – 30 years old suspect

A  suspected kidnapper has told officers of the Niger State Police Command and journalists that he became a kidnapper to raise money to pay the school fees of his five children.

30-year-old Samaila Abdullahi, who is a herdsman, said his cattle herding business had not yielded the required returns to enable him to meet his financial obligations.

“What I am getting from cattle rearing cannot pay the school fees of my five children. I don’t have anybody to help me; I lost my parents when I was very young and that was why I took to crime,” he said n Minna on Tuesday.

Asked whether his wife was aware of his illegal activity, Abdullahi, who resides in the Fulani Camp, Egabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, said,

“My wife only knows that I am a herdsman and not a kidnapper; she will never forgive me.”

Abdullahi’s trouble started after one Alhaji Yahaya Hamza of the Fulani Camp in the Karaye Local Government of Kano State was kidnapped on August 31, 2019.

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The victim was said to be on his way to Kano when the suspect, who is an acquaintance, convinced him to pass the night in Ishau village.

It was gathered that the suspect connived with two others now at large to hold Hamza hostage and rob him of N15,000 and other valuables totalling N16,500.

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The gang also contacted the victim’s family and demanded the payment of N7m as ransom before his release.

Men attached to a police mobile unit, acting on a tip-off, apprehended the suspect at Ishau village in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the incident. He said the suspect had confessed to the crime and would soon appear in court.

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