The police have arrested three herdsmen, who allegedly abducted a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Bello, and collected N10m ransom.
The names of the suspects were given as Haruna Adamu, 25; Shuaibu Adamu, 18; and Abubakar Saidu, 30.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects had on August 2, abducted Bello and taken him hostage for three days before he was released.
The police said the gang was responsible for kidnapping and other crimes on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and its environs.
Parading the suspects at the force headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday, the police spokesman, Donald Awunah, explained that N250,000 was recovered from them.
He added that Haruna, the ringleader, led police operatives to the location where he buried the ransom.
He said, “These gangsters were responsible for the kidnap of Sani Bello, a member of the House of Representatives, on August 2, 2016,on his farm along the Kaduna–Abuja Road. The kidnap of other persons was traced to them.
“The suspects were trailed and rounded up at Ungwan Kawu village in the Dan Dumi Local Government Area, Katsina State, by the Intelligence Response Team of the police.
“During interrogation, the suspects voluntarily confessed to the crime and also admitted the various roles they played individually and collectively in their criminal enterprise.”
Haruna told PUNCH Metro that he got N3m out of the N10m ransom, but had to part with N1.5m to a hoodlum in the area, who threatened his gang for operating in his jurisdiction without his consent.
It was learnt that the gang members used the proceeds of crime to purchase cattle, cattle to enlarge their herd.