Police pursuit of some suspects believed to be kidnappers forced the gang to abandon N42.2 million ransom obtained from families of their victims in Kontagora, Niger State.
Acting on a tip off, police stormed the hideout of the inter-state gang that has been terrorising people in Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States, but the kidnappers took to their heels with the aid of get-away motorcycles and left the money behind when they saw the policemen.
Niger State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, disclosed this to journalists in Minna on Friday.
According to him, the money retrieved from the gang has since been transferred to Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad, Force Criminals Intelligent and Investigations Department (FCIID), Abuja, for “discreet investigation.”
Elkana said, “The sum of N42, 244,000.00 was abandoned and recovered in Kontagora on April 10, 2015 from a gang of suspected Kidnappers.”
“The gang was suspected to be responsible for four cases of kidnapping that occurred in the neighbouring states recently.
Two cases were recorded in Zamfara and one each in Kebbi and Sokoto States.
“Police strongly believed that families of the victims of the gang may have been made to pay the ransom in Kontagora. “