A suspected kidnapper, Abubakar Umar, who was arrested by the police and paraded at the Force headquarters in Abuja yesterday June 19th, has recounted how himself and his team made N200 million in six months from ransom collected from their victims.
Speaking to newsmen, Umar said himself and his gang members preferred abducting expatriates who pay heavily in ransom. He told the police he once collected N100 million as ransom from one of the victims of their many operations.
“My job is kidnapping and I operate mainly in Niger and Kebbi states. I operated with my masters who operate in Sokoto. During one of the operations, we collected N100m in ransom. We did another operation in Oyo and we realised N50m. For the one in Niger, I kidnapped and collected N4m. After that, I was contacted by an informant who gave me another job and I realised N4m. I got another job in Kebbi where we collected N1m. Another victim we kidnapped didn’t have much money but he was able to pay N500,000 before he was released.” Umar said