Why this teenage suspect said kidnapping is quickest route to make money


A 19-year-old suspected kidnapper, Zaharadeen Isah, has said that he joined abduction gang because it was the easiest way to make money adding that the amount of money involved in kidnapping business is tempting.


He said: I think it is the quickest way to make money without stress.”

Isah was arrested by the police for attempting to kidnap a man, Sarafa Jimoh, of Tufa area in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State.

The suspect, who lives at Tufa area of Gurara, had reportedly planned to abduct Jimoh on May 6, 2019, but was apprehended after the would-be victim reported the matter to the police.

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Isah had placed an anonymous call to his victim, asking him to drop N300,000 or risk being kidnapped.

He was, however, trailed and arrested by a team of police detectives attached to Gawu-Babangida Division following a tip-off.

The suspect told our correspondent that it was bad friends who made him to join the gang of kidnappers to make quick money.

He said: “The amount of money involved in kidnapping business is quite tempting that one cannot but join the business. I think it is the quickest way to make money without stress.

“Some of the kidnappers in the gang are so rich that I always wonder if they are working in oil companies. Some of them used the money to train their girlfriends in school without them knowing where they got the money.”

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Isah, however, expressed remorse.

He said: “I regret my action. My parents and close friends will be disappointed in me because they don’t know that I am into this nefarious act; it is very shameful.”

The state Police Public Relations Office (PPRO), Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspect confessed to the crime.

“He would be arraigned in court soon,” Abubakar said.