Edo State Police Command has revealed how it burst a kidnap threat on Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, the Chairman of the Hausa Community in Benin City, Edo State, by arresting one Yakubu Idris in Kano State.
In a Press Statement signed by Kontongs Bello, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), he stated: “The Command on September 16th, 2021, received a petition from Alhaji Badamasi Saleh on threat to kidnap him by an unknown person who claimed he is a member of a kidnapping gang living in Birnin-Gwari bush, Kaduna State with his gang members.
“That he was paid N1,000,000(one million naira) by someone close to the complainant to kidnap him but that he decided to reveal it to him because he is a good person. But the suspect insisted that he must pay N1million into a designated GT Bank account to pacify his gang members not to execute the planned kidnap.
“The complainant at this point kept pleading and negotiating with the suspects who eventually accepted payment of N100,000 which was paid into the GT Bank account, hence the petition.
“On receipt of the information, the operatives of the Command immediately swung into action and arrested the suspect in his hideout in Kano State.
“During the cause of the investigation, it was revealed that the suspect was someone the complainant had assisted in the past while he was in Benin. He has confessed to the crime and investigation is ongoing to unravel other gang members if any.
“The Commissioner Of Police(CP) Philip Aliyu Ogbadu enjoins the general public not to relent in providing useful and timely information to the police that could lead to the arrest of criminal elements and their cohorts.
“He further warns criminals to desist from their acts or relocate to other places or else, they will be caught and made to face the full wrath of the law.”