A notorious kidnapper and suspected herdsman, named Muritala Umaru has been arrested by officers of the Edo State Police Command.
Upon his arrest, the young man confessed to have made well over N100 million from kidnapping in parts of Edo and its environs.
According to reports, the suspect who said he left his cattle to buy food when he was arrested, was in possession of an AK47 rifle with breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
Muritala Umaru admitted to having a 4 year experience in the wicked act, adding that he normally received the contact and identities of his victims from an Edo based man simply referred to as ‘Chief’.
When questioned, Umaru who has since cooperated with the police since his arrest 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.
Mr Babatunde Kokumo, the Police Commissioner mentioned that Umaru was a kidnapper who disguised as an herder.He added that the suspect has been arrested many times and sent to prison on more than one occasion.
“The man has been in an out of prison. He has kidnapped in Edo and other states. The prison official he kidnapped identified him.”