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Police arrest killer of Bwari Kidnap victim, as DPO rejects bribe

The Nigerian Police through its Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has announced the arrest Bello Mohammed, a notorious kidnapper, who allegedly killed Bwari, Abuja kidnap victim, Naheeba.

The deceased was killed after she was abducted on January 2 from her home alongside other family members who were released on January 20, after an undisclosed amout was paid as ransom.

In a Sunday statement, Adejobi also said during the operation, its officers also destroyed the kidnappers’ camp and recovered over two million naira from the suspect, believed to be proceeds from the ransom paid for the release of other family members.

The statement titled “Police destroy bandits camp, arrest deadly kidnapper for kidnap, gruesome murder of Bwari Lady, Naheeba in Kaduna” reads:

“The operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, on 20th January 2024, have arrested one Bello Mohammed, 28, of Zamfara state, in Kaduna.

“The Divisional Police Officer, Tafa Division, acting on intelligence, raided one hotel in Tafa Area, Kaduna, where he arrested Bello, with the sum of #2.25m (Two Million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira) only, suspected to be proceeds of ransoms collected from kidnapped victims within the area.

“The suspect, during interrogation, confessed to be part of the gang that kidnapped the family members of one Barrister Ariyo in Bwari, FCT, on 2nd January 2024, and killed some kidnapped victims, including Nabeeha, f, daughter of the legal practitioner, on 13th January, 2024, in a kidnappers camp, in Kaduna State.”

Adejobi futher disclosed that the suspect offered the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Tafa, SP Idris Ibrahim, who lead the operation the sum of 1 million naira as bribe.

The FPRO said: “The suspect, in a dramatic situation, offered #1,000,000 (one million naira only) to induce the DPO, who rejected the offer and carried out his duty diligently.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has ordered that the suspect, who also confessed to the involvement of the already five (5) neutralized bandits in Kaduna by the IRT, headed by one Mai Gemu (aka Godara), whose deadly camp has also been destroyed, be handed over to the DFI-IRT in Abuja for discreet investigations into the matter and arrest of all other culprits responsible for the dastardly act.

“The suspect is currently helping the police in their investigations.

Concluding, Adejobi said the Inspector-General of Police Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has commended the officers for renecting the inducement, and focusing on the task.

“While commending the DPO Tafa, SP Idris Ibrahim, for the commitment and professionalism displayed in the case, he further assured that the Police would leave no stone unturned in decimating criminally minded individuals and bequeathing to Nigerians a more secure society for all and sundry in our dear country, Nigeria.”

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