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Police officer rejects N1m bribe from kidnapper, arrests him in Kaduna hotel

Kaduna State Police Command have arrested a suspected kidnapper, Bello Muhammad at a hotel in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan said operatives led by a Divisional Police Officer apprehended the suspect at Easyway Hotel in Tafa town.

Hassan made this known in a statement on Thursday, noting that they were acting on credible information received by the Divisional Headquarters about the activities of some suspects in the said hotel.

According to the spokesperson, the kidnap suspect offered a bribe of N1 million to the DPO to stop further investigation into his activities.

But the police boss declined and instead arrested the 28-year-old suspect, who hails from Zamfara State. Hassan also said that N2,350,000, suspected to be the proceeds of kidnapping, was recovered.

The statement reads partly: “Operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer stormed the hotel and arrested a certain 28 years 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 the 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 a 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 Divisional Police Officer (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.”