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"I have kidnapped over 50 persons and made over N100 million" - Fulani Herdsmen confesses

A Fulani herdsman, Muritala Umaru, who was paraded by Edo state command yesterday has confessed that he has made over N100 million through kidnapping.

Babatunde Kokumo, the State Police Commissioner, described him as a kidnapper, who disguised as one of the herdsmen.

“The man has been in and out of prison. He has kidnapped in Edo and other states. The prison official he kidnapped identified him,” he said.

He said Umaru was arrested with an AK-47 rifle, breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

The suspect confessed that he began kidnapping four years ago in Okenne, Kogi States, and had participated in several other kidnappings across Edo State.

Muritala admitted to owning some cattle and that his gang had 10 AK47 rifles with which they carry out kidnapping.

Umaru confessed to newsmen that “big man we call Chief in one community is the one that always gave us identities of victims before we strike.”

The suspected kidnapper pledged to cooperate with the Police.

He added, “I am married. I stay in Auchi, but I was born in Lokoja, Kogi State. I am into kidnapping. I have been into kidnapping for four years. I started in Lokoja. I have kidnapped over 50 persons.

“We kidnap them when they are travelling. There is one man that used to give us target. I collected N3 million in our last work.

“It is my oga that kill people. He has killed many people. We operate in Auchi, Ekpoma, Okenne and other places.”

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