The Edo State Police Command has paraded a notorious kidnapper, Muritala Umaru, who confessed to having made over N100 million from kidnapping.
Umaru is said to have been responsible for kidnapping in parts of Edo State and neighbouring states. An AK47 rifle with breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from him.
Umaru said he became a kidnapper four years ago in Okene, Kogi State and had participated in several kidnapping across Edo State. He said he had cattle, adding that his gang had 10 AK47 rifles with which they carried out the operations.
He said his gang got the identities of their victims from a “Chief” from an Edo State community. The Herdsman kidnapper said they realised N10 million from one of their victims.
The culprit has pledged to cooperate with the police on the investigations.
Umaru said his boss was responsible for the killing of victims who refused to cooperate or pay ransom.
Umaru also disclosed that he is married and residing in Auchi, but he was born in Lokoja.
Umaru also disclosed “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 killed many people. We operate in Auchi, Ekpoma, Okene and other places.”
Police Commissioner Babatunde Kokumo described Umaru as a kidnapper who disguises as a herder.
“The man has been in and 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.