The police in Katsina State, Thursday, confirmed the arrest of a member of bandits and kidnap kingpin, Abubakar Ibrahim, 19, at Rugu forest.
SP Gambo Isah, the police spokesman made this disclosure in a statement in Katsina said the syndicate have been terrorizing people in Batsari, Safana, Damnusa and Kurfi Local Government Areas in the state.
In a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Isah said that the police equally rescued three kidnapped victims.
According to Isah, on Sept. 7, 2020, the suspect led other members of his syndicate, on motorcycles, all armed with AK 47 rifles, and attacked Dagarawa and Kudewa villages, in Safana and Kurfi Local Government Areas of the state.
He said the bandits kidnapped one Ashiru Ibrahim, 32, Duduwa Audu, 50, and Asiya Saleh, 45, all of Kudewa village, Kurfi Local Government Area, and took them into Rugu forest.
“That nemesis caught up with the suspect when he fell into a bobby trap and was apprehended by SARS operatives after he collected the sum of N241,000 ransom from the relatives of the victims,” he said.
He revealed that in the course of an investigation, the suspect confessed that he committed the offence along with others, now at large.
Isah said that the N241,000 ransom was recovered in his possession.
“Today, Sept. 10, 2020, at about 9:30 a.m., the command succeeded in arresting one of the suspects and rescued the victims.
“The victims had reunited with their families after treatment at Kurfi General Hospital,” he said.