Muritala Umaru, a herdsman and notorious kidnapper, has revealed how he made over N100 million from kidnapping. He told police that he started kidnapping four years ago in Okenne in Kogi state and had participated in several kidnappings in Edo state. He claimed that his gang, comprising of herders, have 10 AK-47 rifle with which they carry out operations.
He confessed that one “big man we call Chief in one community is the one that always gave us identities of victims before we strike.” He said they had made N10 million from their last victim. He however said he was not involved in the murder of some of the victims. He said 'chief' was responsible for killing victims that do not cooperate with them.
Umaru, who is married and an indigene of Auchi, Edo state, said he had participated in over 50 kidnappings across both states. He said their victims are usually abducted while they are travelling.
Babatunde Kokumo, the Edo State Police Commissioner, said Umaru was a kidnapper who disguised as a herdsman. He siad he had been in and out of prison, saying one of the prison officers he had kidnapped recognised him after he was arrested.