Police in Niger state capture infamous kidnapping kingpin who murdered his brother.


Bashiru Abdullahi, a known kidnapping kingpin, was apprehended by the Niger State Police Command in the state's Bangi Mariga Local Government Area.

In a statement released on Friday, July 22, the command's spokesperson, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said the suspect was apprehended in Kontagora as a result of credible information that he planned to gather armed men to kidnap several people, including a former LG chairman.

The suspect, according to the PPRO, is accused of killing his younger brother Mamuda Abdullahi in March 2022 and telling the family that the man had been attacked by bandits.

"In view of the ongoing campaign against insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping in the state and in a proactive effort of the Command, based on credible intelligence from a reliable source, one suspect, Alh. Bashiru Abdullahi, aged 40yrs'm' of Bangi, Mariga LGA, was arrested on July 14, 2022, at approximately 1630 hours," read the statement.

"On the aforementioned date, the suspect was plotting and making efforts to gather the armed guys he would need to carry out his typical kidnapping exploits when he was apprehended at Kontagora.

Alh. Bashiru admitted during questioning that he intended to kidnap the father of a former State Commissioner as well as the former Chairman of the Local Government Council of Mariga.

He asserted that the previous Chairman owed him five million, eight hundred thousand naira (N5,800,000) and that, in the event of the Chairman's kidnapping, he intended to collect a ten million naira ransom from him.

He further admitted that part of his plan involved kidnapping the father of the former Commissioner, to whom he owed a debt of about one million, 300,000 naira (N1,300,000), from a business transaction. He expected to receive a ransom of fifteen million naira from the plan."

Further investigation revealed that sometime in the month of March 2022, the aforementioned Alh. Bashiru was suspected of having murdered his younger brother, one Alh. Mamuda Abdullahi, aged 35 years'm' of Bangi. When he was questioned about the incident, he confessed to the act, saying that he had contributed money to the tune of 79 million naira for a business purpose with his brother, but that he had suspected that his brother had conn He did, however, inform the family that robbers at Beri assaulted and killed his brother."

The spokesperson continued, "In the meantime, the matter is being investigated with a view to elucidate further criminal activities of the suspect as well as elucidate and arrest other suspected members of his gang."


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