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Kidnappers of former foreign affairs minister admit collecting N8m ransom

Kidnappers of former foreign affairs minister admit collecting N8m ransom

Operatives of the Inspector- Gen­eral of Police (IGP) Intelligence Re­sponse Team (IRT) have arrested the gang who kidnapped the former Minister of State for foreign Affairs, Ambas­sador Bagudu Hirse. The gang have however, con­fessed that they collected N8 million before releas­ing their victim.
The former minister was kidnapped on No­vember 20, 2016 in GRA, Kaduna.
While parading the suspects in Abuja, yes­terday, the Force Spokes­man, Don Awunah, dis­closed that the notorious gang have been terroris­ing residents of Kaduna and its environs for a long time.
The gang, he ex­plained, has been re­sponsible for kidnapping high profile Nige-rians in recent times.
“The gang was smashed with the arrest of Dominic Nwakpa aka Alhaji, who is its leader, in Lagos state, while four other principal suspects and members of the gang, namely Balat Paul, driver of the gang, Ibra­him Samuel aka “IB” and Jatau Peter – a dismissed Policeman were arrested on January 1, 2017 in their hideouts at Dan Hassan Road, Ungwa Boro Kaduna.
“Afini Paul, a female member who cooks for the gang and the vic­tims, rented the house at Yusuf Patrick close, Mararaba Rido, Kaduna where victims are kept before ransom money is collected, was arrested at their hideout in Kadu-na. Ifeanyi Chukwu the 2nd in command of the gang was arrested in a Hotel in Ogbor Hill, area of Abia State.
“He confessed to be the second in- com­mand of the gang that kidnapped the Ambas­sador and so many other kidnappings within and outside Kaduna, Abia, Imo, Rivers, and Delta States,” the Force Spokes­man, said.
However, the leader of the gang, Dominic Nwakpa, confessed to journalists that they col­lected N8 million before they released their vic­tim.
Responding to ques­tions from journalists, the gang leader disclosed that alt-hough they ear­lier demanded for N50 million ransom but only N8 million was given to them.

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