By Chuks Ekpeneru
Nigerians were on Independence Day digesting the revelation that a kidnap group confessed to have killed more than 50 of their victims who did not meet their ransom demands.
The Nigeria Police had on September 30 paraded a dreaded kidnap kingpin, Mohammed Sani in Abuja.
The suspect was arrested by the men of the Special Tactical Squad.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba who paraded the suspect and other criminals said that Sani’s area of specialty is kidnapping for ransom and banditry.
“Occasionally, he veers into cattle rustling. He belongs to an organised kidnapping gang that has gone ahead to sectorise its operations.
“Mohammed Sani is a sector commander within the larger kidnapping and banditry enterprise. He has over 100 men directly under his command. Sani reports to another big kidnapper, who is on our wanted list and known as Yellow Jambros.
Sani told journalists that his gang has murdered over 50 of its victims.
He confessed carrying out his operations mainly in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara States and that Yellow Jambros gave him guns and military uniform for the kidnap operations.
Sani confessed that their victims were let go after ransom was collected, but those whose families could not cough out money were killed.
“I have lost count of the number of operations I have participated in, but we usually release those on whose heads we collect ransoms, while anyone, who could not pay or his relatives could not pay, was killed. We have killed over 50 persons who did not pay ransom.”