The Taraba State Police Command has stated that it arrested a suspected kidnapper identified Aliyu Muhammed, in possession of N8.55 million and seven mobile phones.
State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Eribo, made this disclosure on Wednesday in Jalingo, noting that the suspect was arrested by mobile policemen at a check point at Yaggai on Jalingo-Yola bypass.
He explained that the 35-year-old suspect, who hails from Mubi, was arrested on Tuesday in a Toyota car with registration number YLA 321 ZY.
The CP said during interrogation, the suspect failed to give satisfactory account of himself and a search of his vehicle revealed the sum of N8,555,000 in cash, seven mobile phones, N3,000 MTN recharge card and seven amulets.
“Immediately police started searching the vehicle, two of the suspects jumped out of the car and ran into the bush.
“The suspect tried to bribe the PMF team, requested them to take the whole money and allow him go but the team refused and arrested him accordingly.
“During further investigation, we discovered another N4 million in the suspect’s bank account,” he said.
Eribo equally disclosed the arrest of five other suspected kidnappers by the command’s anti-kidnapping unit and local vigilante members.
The name of the suspects he identified as Habibu Ibrahim, alias Rilwanu; Abba Mohammed aka Gandari; Aliyassa’u Umar; Abdulaziz Adamu aka Dan-Mallam, and Danlami Ibrahim, alias Teacher, all of Jauro Ganah New CBN area of Jalingo.
He said that three AK47 rifles each with five rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them.