I became a kidnapper after armed robbers killed my dad – Abdullahi Adamu

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A native of Katsina state nabbed for kidnapping in Ondo State, Abdullahi Adamu has disclosed why he went into the illegal activity.

Adamu was among nine kidnappers in a pool of 31 suspected criminals paraded by the Ondo State security outfit, codenamed Amotekun in Akure, on Monday.

The motorcycle rider said he went into the kidnapping business after armed robbers killed his father.

“I decided to be a kidnapper because of destiny. I don’t have a father anymore. My father was killed by armed robbers years back.

“After his death, life became difficult for me and my siblings. Our mother could not take good care of us. Surviving became extremely difficult for me and my siblings. So, I decided to join the kidnapping business,” he said.

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Adamu claimed he was nabbed by the Amotekun during his first kidnapping operation.

Meanwhile, a victim of Adamu’s syndicate simply known Bello disclosed how he was kidnapped while observing the 7p.m prayer at his residence in Akunnu-Akoko.

The farmer said he was accosted by six armed men who flogged him with a stick and ordered him into the forest.

Bello said he was fed with a small quantity of garri without water for five days before he was fortunately rescued by Amotekun Corps.

“Some of them were carrying guns and they asked me to follow them. They led me into the forest. They later contacted my family asking for ransom so that they could release me.

“I was later rescued from them by men of the Amotekun Corps, when they wanted to collect the ransom brought for them for my release,” the farmer said.

State commander of the security outfit, Chief Adetunji Adeleye disclosed that his men posed as family members of the victim.

He said members of the syndicate were arrested when they wanted to collect ransom.

“The three that were arrested led us to other six suspects. So, we arrested nine of them and they’re going to be charged to court soon,” Adeleye said.


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