Criminal Law

Disgruntled kidnapper reports gang to police over ransom sharing

A member of a kidnapping gang has reported his colleagues to the police after he was handed N200,000 as his share from a ransom of N12 million in Adamawa State.

Sadu Bunkawu said he wants the police to correct the injustice meted out to him by his colleagues.

The 28-year-old Bunkawu of Filingo village in the Jada Local Government Area of the state said that the N12 million ransom was paid to them when they abducted Umaru Diffiwa and Umaru Babidi of the same community and expressed the regret that the operation was indeed a bad one for him because even the N200,000 he collected got lost on his way back home.

“I lost my share of the money while rushing to reach home on time,” Bunkawu said.

“The money was paid to seven of us by the family members of the victims. After releasing them, I was called and given N200,000 only.”

Bunkawu was on Thursday arraigned by the police before a Chief Magistrate Court in Yola on charges of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.

When the content of the First Information Report was read and interpreted to him in court, he pleaded guilty.

After the plea, the police prosecutor prayed the court to adjourn the matter to enable him to complete the investigation and take the case file to the Department of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

The magistrate, Muhammad Abdullahi, responded by adjourning the case to next month, April 4.

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