One of the suspects, Abubakar Saidu told journalists that he is a gang member of a notorious kidnap kingpin, Tsohon Buhari popularly known as Buharin Daji, operating from the dreaded Rugu forest, Katsina.
He said Buhari recruited him to rear rustled animals and pays him in return with a cow yearly.
He also disclosed that he was paid N20,000 by Buhari to watch over victims kidnapped in the Rugu Forest.
He said after the death of the kingpin who was killed in Zamfara, he was introduced to another notorious bandit, known as Kachalla Ruga, who seems to have taken over the position of Tsohon Buhari to operate from the forest and on the watch list of the police.
“Initially, I reside in Birnin Gwari and work under the notorious bandit, Buharin Daji. He recruited me to rear rustled animals for him and pays me in return with a cow every year,” he told reporters.
“After his demise, I was introduced by a relation, known as Auta to Kachalla Ruga whom I currently work with.
“We kidnap and engage in robbery.
“Though I don’t go to kidnap people with them. My job is to guard. I watch over victims of kidnap.
“They kept four kidnap victims under my custody. I was only giving N20,000 for the kidnapping.
“I was invited from Runka forest by Kachalla. We were on our way to Rugu forest when we were arrested.
“Arms recovered in my possession were put on my body by bad people who don’t like me,” he said.
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