DPO declines N1m bribe, unveils kidnapper's ransom stash

DPO declines N1m bribe, unveils kidnapper’s ransom stash

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By Akinsuroju Olubunmi

DPO declines N1m bribe, unveils kidnapper’s ransom stash.

DPO declines N1m bribe, unveils kidnapper's ransom stash

In a commendable display of integrity, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) overseeing Tarfa, within the Kaduna State Police Command, rejected a N1 million bribe from a suspected kidnapper. The apprehended individual, identified as 28-year-old Bello Muhammad from Zamfara State, was found in possession of N2.35 million believed to be ransom proceeds. The suspect, wielding an AK47 rifle in a forest, confessed to being part of a kidnapping gang operating across various areas in Kaduna state.

The 28-year-old suspect, Bello Muhammad, from Zamfara State, is actively cooperating with the police, providing crucial information about the criminal activities of his gang. The arrest and subsequent rejection of the bribe occurred on the 19th of January, 2024, following credible information about a suspicious person at Easyway Hotel in Tafa town.

Operatives, under the directive of the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, CP A.D. Ali, swiftly moved to the hotel and apprehended Bello Muhammad. The recovered sum of N2,350,000 is suspected to be part of the ransom collected by the kidnapping gang. Bello Muhammad attempted to halt the investigation by offering a N1 million bribe to the Divisional Police Officer, a gesture promptly refused.

The Commissioner of Police, CP A.D Ali, praised the proactive approach of the Tafa Division’s Operatives and urged them to intensify efforts in combating crimes. Additionally, he called on hoteliers and leisure service operators in the state to scrutinize the identities of their customers, preventing criminals from finding safe havens.

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