A notorious kidnapper, Muritala Umaru, who confessed to have made over N100 million from kidnapping was yesterday paraded by Edo State Police Command. He confessed to have been responsible for kidnapping in parts of Edo and neighbouring states.
According to Umaru who said he became a kidnapper four years ago in Okenne, Kogi State and have since participated in several kidnapping across Edo State, it was somebody he described as a ‘Chief’ from an Edo community who gave them identities of their victims. The kidnapper said they realized N10 million from one of their victims, pledging to cooperate with the police.
He said he had cattle, adding that his gang had 10 AK47 rifles with which they carried out kidnapping. An AK47 rifle with breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from him. On what happened to some of their victims, he said it was his boss that was responsible for the killing of victims who refused to cooperate. Umaru said:
“I am married. I stay in Auchi, but I was born in Lokoja. I am into kidnapping.
I have kidnapped over 50 persons. We kidnapped them when they were travelling. One man gave us target. I collected N3 million in our last operation. It is my boss that kills people. He had killed many people.
We operate in Auchi, Ekpoma, Okenne and other places.”
Police Commissioner Babatunde Kokumo described Umaru as a kidnapper who disguised as an herder.
“The man has been in an out of prison. He has kidnapped in Edo and other states. The prison official he kidnapped identified him.” Abubakar said he left his cattle to buy food when he was arrested