- A village head in Kaduna state has been apprehended by the Nigeria Police Force
- The police is accusing the traditional chief of colluding with kidnappers
- The village head, however, denied working for kidnappers, though he confessed receiving money from them
The Nigeria Police Force has arrested a village head in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state for allegedly working with kidnappers.
Daily Trust reports that the village head was among the 39 suspects paraded by the state’s police public relations officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo Abubakar on Thursday, November 28.
DSP Sabo alleged that the village head of Ungwan Luka, Samaila Luka, works for kidnappers by giving them information and getting a share of ransom collected.
He said the kidnappers, whom the village head allegedly worked with, killed a policeman after taking ransom recently.
But, the village head, while fielding questions from journalists, denied working for kidnappers, though he confessed receiving money from them.
His words: “I have helped people to take the ransom to the kidnappers three times. The first time, the kidnappers rewarded me with N100,000, the second time, they gave me N50,000, but the third time, they didn’t give me anything.
“I know nothing about the policeman the kidnappers killed. God and the policewoman who was released are my witnesses.
“When I took the ransom to them, that was the third time I took the ransom to the kidnappers, but after collecting it, they refused to give me the policeman. I and the other policewoman cried and begged them, but they refused. They said the policeman used to insult them. That day, they even collected my phone and they didn’t give me any money.”
Luka, however, confessed that he never reported to the police that kidnappers gave him a share of the ransom he took to them.
Recently, a road Marshal with the Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) was killed by his abductors after his family paid a ransom.
The official, Hamza Abubakar Mahuta, was kidnapped last month along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway in October while travelling to Birnin-Gwari to spend the weekend with his family.
“We got the news of his death yesterday (Monday) around 5:30 pm after the family paid N500,000 ransom to his abductors.
“We were told they killed him nine days ago; but they kept calling, saying that they won’t release him until the ransom is paid,” a family source said.
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