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Police nab three suspected kidnappers in Niger

The Niger State Police command has arrested three notorious kidnappers in Kaffin Koro community, Paikoro Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects were said to have been apprehended by the command’s Anti-kidnapping and Violence Crime unit.

Those in custody include Abubakar Mohammed, 22, of Kaffin Koro in Paikoro Local Government Area; Ali Buba, 34, of Dadin Kowa in Kebbi State; and Abu Umaru, 20, of Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.

It was learnt that the suspects confessed under interrogation to have carried out a series of kidnapping in various parts of the state.

It was gathered that one of the suspects, Mohammed, shot the son of one Ardo whom they had reportedly informed about their plans to kidnap.

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The gunshot victim was said to have been taken to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Mohammed in an interview blamed ‘evil spirit’ for his involvement in crime and pleaded with the police to have mercy on him.

“I have done evil things more than the present offence I committed but may Allah forgive me,” he said.

Another suspect, Buba admitted he had been engaged in crime for over seven years.

“I am from Kebbi State but I joined a kidnap syndicate based in Bangi Dogo Fadama in Mariga council of Niger State. I regret my action and I beg the government to forgive me,” he said.

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The Niger State police spokesman, Bala Elkana, said investigation is in progress, adding that the suspects would soon be arraigned in court.

He advised parents to give their children proper home training “that will help them in future.”

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