Eight people have been arrested for kidnapping in Katsina state. Four of them, namely Joshua Yohanna, 22; Musa Ibrahim, 25; Nafiu Umar, 32; and Kabir Lawal, 28; were arrested in Kafur Local Government Area of the state.
Gambo Isa, spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, said the suspects kidnapped a victim following which they made efforts to force his relatives into paying them three million as ransom.
Isa said the suspects called one Haruna Bello and Nuhu Yusuf of Gozaki town on the telephone, threatening they would be killed if they failed to pay the ransom.
He said: “the victims have already sent N300,000 to them with a promise of sending the remaining amount later to avoid being kidnapped or killed.’’ Bello and Yusuf reported the case to the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which apprehended the suspects.
“During investigation, police arrested the four suspects who confessed to have committed the act.
“The police recovered the sim card they used in sending threat messages to their victims,’’ he said.
According to the police, the other four suspects arrested for similar offences are Mubarak Babangida, 21; Abubakar Lawal, 19; Aliyu Lawal, 22; and Nura Abdulhamid, 22.
Isa said the suspects, dressed in women’s attires, were arrested in Katsina following a tip off. He added that their mission was to kidnap a four-year-old boy.
The spokesman said that the suspects would be prosecuted after investigations.