The Niger State Police Command, on Tuesday, announced the arrest of six suspected kidnappers at the Fulani camps Kampanin and Tegina in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects are Aliyu Musa, 20; Hello Alhaji Musa, 15; Saudu Pads, 20; Isyaku Lawal, 25; Abubakar Boye, 25; and one Iliya, 17, all from the same area.
They were arrested by police detectives attached to the Kagara Division following a tip-off.
It was gathered that one Lawal Anta of Samboro village via Tegina lodged a complaint with the police that six gunmen invaded their camp and kidnapped one Aisha Iliya, 25, and made away with three mobile telephones valued at N36,000.
The complainant escaped from the scene during the operation but sustained injuries.
According to reports, the hoodlums were armed with guns, sticks, and cutlasses.
It was learnt that they shot several rounds of ammunition into the air to scare away the villagers before they made away with the victim and the phones.
It was gathered that the suspects demanded N2m ransom from the victim’s relatives.
In an interview with our correspondent, one of the suspects, Isyaku, who is a peasant farmer, said he took to crime to raise money to prepare for dry season farming.
“The goats and sheep that I am rearing belong to someone else and I need money to farm during the dry season. That was the reason I joined the kidnap gang, but I was arrested by the police,” he stated.
The second-in-command to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Uthman Umar, confirmed the incident and said the suspects had confessed to the crime.
Umar explained that the operatives rescued the kidnap victim during the raid on the hoodlums. He promised that the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations into the matter were completed.