Kidnap Kingpin Of UniAbuja Staff Arrested, House Demolished In Niger State


One of the suspected kidnap kingpins of the staff and children at the University of Abuja staff quarters, situated in Giri, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammadu Umar has been napped and presently cooling off with the security agencies.

As a start of what he is to expect, the Niger State Government has taken a decisive measure by demolishing his house located at Nakagbe, Bosso Local Government Area of the State.

The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Umaru, announced this on Saturday while briefing journalists on the efforts of the government at taming the menace of kidnapping and insecurity generally.

Umaru said that the State Government in conjunction with other security agencies have mapped out a comprehensive security strategy aimed at flushing out all criminals from the state.

He said the arrested Mohammadu Umar was one of those behind the violent kidnap of two professors and four of their family members at the University of Abuja staff quarters, adding that the suspect used the proceeds of kidnap and other crimes to buy the house.

The Commissioner also said that security agencies have identified the arrested Umar as one of the prime suspects in the violet abduction, adding that the suspected kidnapper’s confessional statement led to the rescue of the kidnap victims and members of their families.

In the words of Umaru: “We will not allow kidnappers, bandits or any criminal to make our state a safe haven.

Residents need to be vigilant and be security conscious and to also report strange movements within their area to security agencies.

“We will give all the necessary support to the police and other security agencies in the on-going fight against banditry, kidnapping and other crimes.

“We have already reached out to traditional rulers and other stakeholders to support security agencies with intelligence information that could aid in apprehending miscreants,” Umaru said.

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