This should be one of the most dreadful kidnapper stories in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Police has arrested a vicious and notorious kidnap for ransom gang that operates along the Abuja-Kaduna and Suleja, Minna highway, according to African Independent Television.
Ibrahim Umar, is the leader of the kidnap for ransom gang.
Ibrahim Umar, a 25-year-old kidnap-for-ransom kingpin, said he had not only killed over ten of his victims in recent times but also drank their blood raw.
Umar made this chilling revelation yesterday when the police paraded him along with 15 others. He added that he hunts and kills soldiers to get their arms and uniforms for operations whenever he was in need of the items.
The suspect, a vicious and notorious kidnap/armed robbery kingpin, who said he has been in the business for over two years, was arrested alongside his three gang members in the forest and towns along Abuja-Kaduna, and Abuja-Suleja-Minna highway by men of the F-SARS Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Absolute Sanity.
The husband of two wives and father of two, who gave his nickname as “Oro”, told journalists at Sabon Wuse Divisional Office, venue of the parade, that he had made fortunes worth millions of naira from the atrocities he carried out on the highway in the past two years.
Some of the suspects arrested also confessed to their various roles in the kidnapping and armed robbery, murder and multiple rape cases.
History of Kidnapping in Nigeria
The beginning of kidnapping in Nigeria can be traced to the activities of the Niger Delta militants who were kidnapping expatriate workers in a bid to draw attention to the plight of the indigenes of the Niger Delta region as a result of oil exploration in the region.
Kidnapping for the purpose of collecting ransom can be traced to have started between the year 1999 and 2000 in the oil creeks, when the Niger Delta militants kidnapped some expatriate oil workers to collect ransom.
This was initially a means of passing across a message to the international community of the many years of injustice, exploitation, marginalization and underdevelopment of the oil creeks in Niger Delta region.
Since then there has been a shift in focus from kidnapping of expatriate oil workers to relatives of politicians to relatives of those in the Diaspora and now anybody on sight.