Notorious herdsmen kidnapper, Muritala Umaru,has been apprend by Edo State Police Command.
Edo State Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo, described him as a kidnapper, who disguised as one of the herdsmen
Muritala said, he began kidnapping four years ago in Okenne, Kogi States, and had participated in several other kidnappings across Edo State,he made over N100 million from kidnapping.
The herdsman was apprehended with an AK-47 rifle, breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.police source said”.
The suspected kidnapper admitted to own some cattle and that his gang has 10 AK47 rifles with which they carry out kidnapping.
he has realized N10 million from one of their victims, even as he pledged to cooperate with the Police,
“big man we call Chief in one community is the one that always gave us identities of victims before we strike.”
His words, “I am married. I stay in Auchi but I was born in Lokoja. I am into kidnapping. I have been into kidnaping for four years. I started in Lokoja. I have kidnapped over 50 persons. We kidnapped them when they are traveling. There is one man that used to give us target. I collected N3m in our last work. It is my oga that kill people. He had killed many people. We operate in Auchi, Ekpoma, Okenne and other places.
A welder who was on Monday rescued from kidnappers den at Afuze in Owan East local government, Mr. Idirisu Mohammed, has identified an herdsman, Abubakar Ilyasu as one of his abductors. Mr. Idirisu said Abubakar sent by his abductors to go and buy food for them from town while they remained in the bush.
He said, “I am 51 years old. I am a farmer and a welder. On Monday morning, I was taking my workers to the farm. At Warrake road near Afuze, I saw herdsmen came out of the bush. They had guns. They collected our phones and use cutlass to beat us. They took us to the bush. It was vigilante group, hunters and police that rescued me. They ran away and abandoned me when the rescued team shot at them.
Mr. Idirisu said Abubakar was sent by his abductors to buy food for them from town while they remained in the bush.
“This one that was nabbed was sent to buy food. Before he came, the rescued team has arrived and the food was with him.”