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Police arrest alleged serial killer and kidnap kingpin in Niger state
Police arrest alleged serial killer and kidnap kingpin in Niger state

One Alhaji Bashiru Abdulahi, accused of being an alleged serial killer and notorious kidnapper in the Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state has been arrested by the police.

Niger police spokesperson, Wasiu Abiodun who confirmed the arrest on Saturday July 23, said a police tactical team attached to Minna Area Command on July 14, at about 16:30hours, arrested the suspect, a native of Bangi town, headquarters of Mariga LGA.

The suspect was arrested at Kontagoro during his planned recruitment of armed men to his gang.

Upon being interrogated, Abdulahi confessed that he planned to kidnap a former Local Government Council Chairman of Mariga and the father of a former Commissioner in the state.

Abiodun said;

“The suspect claimed that the former chairman owed him about N5.8 million and that if the former chairman was kidnapped, he intended to realise N10 million as ransom from him.”

Abdulahi also allegedly confessed that part of his plan was equally to kidnap the father of the former Commissioner whom he (suspect) owed about N1.3 million from a business transaction between them. He also said that he was expecting to get N15 million ransom from the plan.

The statement added;

“Further investigation revealed that sometimes in March, 2022, the said Alhaji Bashiru was suspected to have murdered his younger brother, one Alhaji Mamuda Abdullahi, of Bangi town, Mariga LGA.

“When the suspect was interrogated, he confessed to the act that he contributed money with his brother to the tune of N79 million for a business purpose.

“The suspect confessed that, while his late brother swindled him, he hit him with a stick on the head which resulted to his death.”

The suspect, however, told the family members that his brother was attacked and killed by bandits at Beri.

An investigation is ongoing to arrest other suspected members of his gang.

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