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Police Nab 63-year-old Kidnap Kingpin, Recover 35 Stolen Vehicles



Niger State police command, has arrested a self-acclaimed chairman of kidnappers’ operation in Niger State, Maitarari Isa Saidu and recovered 35 stolen vehicles from him.

Saidu, allegedly behind several kidnap operations in Niger State, was paraded yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPPRO) Jimoh Moshood in Minna along with 48 suspects including two of his children.

The 63 years old father of 29 children and three wives, confessed  that he collected N300m and N170m respectively from his last two operations before concentrating on the business of receiving stolen vehicles.

According to him, his notorious activities were spread across the states of Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, FCT and Yobe, saying that  the police recovered 28 stolen cars from his depots in Niger and Abuja, 15 others from Zamfara and a number of other stolen cars from Kaduna.

Confessing, he stated that, “the business of kidnapping became too risky for me, that was the reason for switching to receiving stolen cars and I have been in this for some years.”

He said that he ran into trouble when his boys received and paid N400, 000 for a car which he quickly took to sell at the cost of N800, 000 in Kano as a result of which the police got him.

The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said that they were arrested by men of Operation Save Sanity, deployed to deal with criminals within the five states including Niger State, adding that  five AK 47 rifles were also recovered from the suspects