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Man abducted his boss for accusing me of stealing cows

Mr. Sani Mohammed has disclosed to operatives of the Inspector- General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), his reasons for organising a gang of Fulani herdsmen to abduct his former boss. According to him, he organised the abduction of his former boss, Alhaji Ulere, for accusing him of stealing a cow.

The gang was not only into abduction for ransom but also involved in armed robbery, said, Mohammed. He confessed to having taken part in different robberies, spanning Abuja and Enugu. Speaking after his arrest, Mohammed said: “What got me into trouble was the abduction of my former boss, who sells cows in Abuja. I told my friend, Babaginda, that my former boss sees me as a thief. He once accused me of stealing his cows.

I told Babaginda that I wanted us to kidnap him. Babaginda accepted and called other members. We went to Abuja, called my boss on the phone. When he stepped out, we kidnapped and kept him inside a bush in Abuja.” Mohammed was part of four Fulani herdsmen arrested for robbing and kidnapping motorists along the Enugu Port-Harcourt, Expressway.

IRT operatives started hunting for the gang after they abducted Ulere, a businessman, residing at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. The businessman was later successfully rescued by IRT operatives led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari. Before police intervention, the kidnappers had threatened to kill the businessman if his relatives didn’t pay the N1million ransom within 48 hours. The suspects, who are presently in IRT’s custody are Babangida Garba, Sani Mohammed, Ibrahim Dogo and Ibrahim Haruna.

The police recovered an Ak-47 rifle and three locally made guns from the suspects. A police source disclosed: “The Inspector-General of Police received a complaint through a petition that the businessman had been kidnapped. 

He instructed IRT operatives to investigate and track down the kidnappers. IRT commenced an investigation into the kidnap just as the abductors were demanding the N1million ransom and threatening to kill their victim if the money wasn’t paid within 48 hours.

The operatives took over the negotiation and made the kidnappers to believe that the ransom they demanded was ready. When one of the kidnappers, Ibrahim Dogo, came out of the camp to receive the ransom, he was arrested by the IRT operatives. 

He led the IRT men into the camp where the victim, Ulere, was found in shackles. But other gang members had disappeared.” Dogo’s gang members ran to their base in Enugu State; a state they had been terrorising for years.

The police trailed and arrested all of them. The gang’s operational guns were also recovered. The gang members further confessed that they came to Abuja, specifically with the intention of kidnapping Ulere, who is Mohammed’s former boss. 

Mohammed confessed that he brought his gang to kidnap his boss because Ulere sacked him two years ago, accusing him of stealing his cows. Mohammed is into cattle rearing and had no formal education. He explained that he came to Abuja in 2007 and soon got a job working for Ulere. In 2016, Mohammed left to join a friend in Enugu State, who was also allegedly into cattle rearing.

He said: “On reaching Enugu State, I discovered that my friend already had a gang that was into armed robbery and kidnapping. I joined him and we started robbing motorists traveling along the Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway. We used to block the expressway with heavy woods at the dead of the night.

The wood forces vehicles to stop, making it possible for us to rob them.” The suspect further said: “Immediately we force the vehicles to stop, we rob all the occupants of their cash, valuables and in cases where occupants look rich, we kidnap and take them into the bush.

The victims are only released after their relatives have paid a ransom.” Mohammed said that he couldn’t precisely recollect the number of robberies he had taken part in. He, however, added: “We later asked for a million naira ransom from Ulere’s family members. 

We didn’t know that the family would go to the police. We were still waiting for Dogo, who was asked to go and collect the ransom to return when we got information that the police were coming. We abandoned my boss in the bush and ran.” Another member of the gang, Ibrahim Haruna, admitted being the owner of one of the guns police recovered.

Haruna said that he used to receive the highest share of the loot after any operation because he owns an AK47 rifle. The suspect, who said that he regretted his involvement in a crime, blamed friends for his predicament. His words: “This is not the only gang I worked with. 

There are several other gangs I worked with. I bought the AK- 47 rifles for N 450, 000 in Jos, Plateau State, because people with AK-47 rifles get higher money after an operation. It was Babaginda that invited me for this operation. After we abducted the businessman, I didn’t know his relatives would call in the police.”
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