January 11, (THEWILL) – Operatives of the Plateau State Police Command have arrested a Pastor, Albarka Sukuya, who allegedly kidnapped himself and collected ransom from members of his congregation.
A statement issued Wednesday, by Spokesperson for the Command, DSP Alfred Alabo, said the suspect was arrested by the police in November 2022.
”The Police have uncovered the nefarious act of one Pastor Albarka Sukuya of Jenta Apata, Jos, who on several occasions staged his kidnap with his cohorts and received ransom from sympathising members of his congregation.
”Sequel to his spurious kidnaps of Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, 2022, where N400,000 and N200,000, respectively, were paid by his sympathisers as a ransom for his release, the incidents triggered suspicion.
”Through credible intelligence, the clergyman was invited by the DPO, Nasarawa Gwong Police Station, CSP Musa Hassan and investigation commenced immediately.
”In the course of the investigation, it was established that the suspect has been conspiring with his gang to stage his kidnap and fraudulently collect ransoms. He has confessed to committing the crime”, he said.
Alabo said the suspect had revealed the identity of three other members of his gang, adding that two were arrested, while one is still at large.
”The suspect further disclosed that on Jan. 1, he set ablaze the vehicles and a bicycle parked at ECWA Bishara 3, Jenta Apata premises, belonging to his colleagues”, Alabo stated.
The police spokesperson called on members of the public to be watchful and ensure timely reports of any suspicious happenings around them to relevant security agencies for prompt response.