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KATSINA: ISLAMIC CLERIC DRUGS, KIDNAPS FOUR-YEAR-OLD COUSIN, DEMANDS N5M

The Katsina State Police Command has arrested 39-year-old Islamic teacher, Jamilu Idris, for allegedly kidnapping his four-year-old cousin, Punch Newspaper reports.

Idris of Yankara village, in the Faskari Local Government Area of the state, was arrested on October 9, 2021.

The spokesman for the state command, SP Gambo Isah, said Idris had on October 5, 2021, kidnapped the victim after drugging him.

Idris later allegedly demanded a ransom of N5m.

It was learnt that the victim’s father negotiated the ransom to N500,000.

Isah added that after paying the ransom, the victim’s father reported the incident to the police, leading to Idris arrest.

Idris, who was paraded at the state command headquarters on Wednesday, confessed to committing the crime.

He said in Hausa language, “I regret my action; the devil pushed me into doing it.”

Meanwhile, 13 other suspects accused of various crimes were also paraded at the police headquarters on Wednesday.

They included two members of a vigilante in Faskari LGA, who were alleged to have committed armed robbery; four men alleged to have killed two women and injured a man and his two children in a robbery operation, a vandal and six others alleged to be selling fuel to bandits and serving as their informants.

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