From Sola Ojo, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command on Thursday said the DPO attached to Police Divisional Headquarters, Tafa, Kaduna, has rejected a sum of N1 million bribe by a suspected kidnapper identified as Bello Muhammad from Zamfara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the Command, ASP Mansir Hassan in a statement said the 28-year-old suspect was arrested at a hotel following a credible intelligence on his arrival at a hotel in Tafa, Kagarko local government area of the state.

According to him, “on the 19th January 2024 at about 2200 hours, the said Divisional Headquarters received credible information regarding the presence of a suspicious person at a hotel in Tafa town.

“Operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer stormed the hotel and arrested a certain 28-year-old Bello Muhammad from Zamfara State and recovers the sum of N2.3 million suspected to be his share of proceeds of kidnapping.

“During investigation, the suspect admitted to being a kidnapper who operates with his gang around Kagarko forest in Kaduna.

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“Moreover, a check of his mobile phone corroborated the suspect’s confession as pictures of him brandishing an AK47 rifle in a forest were retrieved.

“The suspect Bello Muhammad thus, offered a million naira backhander to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to stop him furthering the investigation which the Police Officer forthwith rejected.

“Investigation is still ongoing as the suspect is assisting the Police with vital information.

“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, CP A.D Ali while praising the Tafa Division’s Operatives, urged them and others not to dwindle but to increase the tempo until crimes and criminality are reduced minimally”, he said.

He however quoted the Commissioner of Police in the State, Audu Ali, warning hoteliers, recreation and leisure service operators to always scrutinise their clients before accommodating them.