A notorious kidnapper, Muritala Umaru, has made a stunning confession of how he has made over N100 million in four years from kidnapping.
Umaru, who is also a cattle rearer, was paraded by the Edo State Police Command, who also recovered an AK47 rifle with breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition from him.
He was said to have been responsible for kidnapping in parts of Edo and neighbouring states.
Umaru said he became a kidnapper four years ago in Okenne, 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 kidnapping.
He said his gang got the identities of their victims from one ‘Chief’ from an Edo community. The kidnapper said they realised N10 million from one of their victims, pledging to cooperate with the police.
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 a 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.