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How A Cripple Was Arrested Counting Ransom Cash Paid By Threatened Victim



A 22- year old cripple, Buhari Haruna, was among nine suspects paraded on Monday evening by the Katsina Police Command for various offences, including attempted kidnap, selling fuel and food to bandits and vandalisation.


The cripple was arrested on Tuesday in Kankia after he had collected ransom from one of his victims he had threatened to kidnap if he refused to pay the said ransom.

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According to the police, Haruna had called his victim (names withheld) and demanded N2m ransom from him if he did not want to be kidnapped.

Unknown to Haruna, the victim contacted the police who advised him to play along with him (Haruna).

Haruna then directed the victim to drop the ransom at a location in Kankia.

The victim reportedly took some money wrapped on a loaf of bread to the said location to give the impression that it was the said N2m ransom.

The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, Gambo Isah, who confirmed the development, said Haruna was busy counting the money when the police swooped on him and arrested him.

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Haruna equally confessed to committing the crime in a chat with journalists during the parade on Monday at the Katsina police headquarters.

“It’s true; I ordered the victim to pay me a ransom of N2m or risked being kidnapped. I was counting the money when the police swooped on me and arrested me,” he said.

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