Boy Kidnaps Own Mother, 3 Others, Collects N30m Ransom
By Kaosara Olayemi Oladimeji
The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly conspiring with five accomplices to abduct his own mother and three other individuals, resulting to collecting a ransom of N30m.
SP Mohammed Shehu, the police spokesperson for the state, on Friday while addressing journalists stated that the suspect, identified as Thomas Yau, confessed to the police that each of the kidnap victims, including his own mother, had paid N10m, resulting in a total ransom of N30m.
Shehu said, “On February 12, 2023, the Zamfara Police Command, through its community policing engagement, acted on intelligence information that led to the bursting of a kidnap syndicate and the arrest of six suspected kidnappers, who had been terrorising different villages in Kaduna, Kano and other neighbouring states, such as Zamfara and Sokoto.
“In the course of investigation, it was discovered that the suspects carried out a series of kidnappings, where an unspecified number of people were abducted and millions of naira collected as ransom.
“Each suspect further narrated the number of kidnappings he participated in, as well as the role he played in each operation.
“Surprisingly, one of the suspects, Thomas Ya’u, confessed that sometime last year, he masterminded the kidnap of his biological mother and three others.
“They collected the sum of N30m from the relations as ransom, and in turn, he was given one million as his share.”
Shehu maintained that the case was under investigation and the suspects would be prosecuted.