The Kaduna Police Command has detained a bandit who tried to bribe the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) with N1 million.
The state Police spokesperson, ASP Mamsir Hassan, said the bandit had the bribe money from the ransom that the police seized from him at a hotel in Tafa community.
He said the divisional headquarters got reliable information about the suspect’s location at Easyway hotel in Tafa town. The DPO led the Operatives to raid the hotel and nabbed 28-year-old Bello Muhammad from Zamfara State.
They also found N2,350,000:00 on him, which they suspected to be kidnapping money.
The spokeperson added that the suspect confessed to being a kidnapper who worked with his gang in Kagarko forest in Kaduna.
According to Hassan, the N1 million was his share of a ransom they collected. He added that the suspect’s mobile phone confirmed his confession, as it had photos of him holding an AK47 rifle in a forest.
The CP also urged hotel owners, recreation, and leisure service providers in the state to always check the identity of their customers to prevent criminals from hiding in their places.
The statement by Hassan partly reads, “On January 19, 2024, at about 2200 hours, the said Divisional Headquarters received credible information regarding the presence of a suspicious person in the Easyway hotel in Tafa town. Operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer stormed the hotel and arrested a certain 28-year-old Bello Muhammad from Zamfara State and recovered the sum of two million, three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N2,350,000.00) suspected to be proceeds of kidnapping.
“During the course of investigation, the suspect admitted to being a kidnapper who operates with his gang around Kagarko Forest in Kaduna.
“The aforementioned sum is his own share of the ransom collected.
“Moreover, a check of his mobile phone corroborated the suspect’s confession, as pictures of him brandishing an AK47 rifle in a forest were retrieved. The said suspect, Bello Muhammad, thus offered a million-naira backhander to the DPO to stop him furthering the investigation, which the police officer forthwith rejected. Investigation is still ongoing as the suspect is assisting the police with vital information.”