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Pastor connives with hoodlums, arranges own kidnap

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A cleric, Albarka Sukuya, has landed in Police net for allegedly masterminding his own kidnap and collecting ransom from members of his church in Plateau State.

Spokesperson for Plateau State Police Command, DSP Alfred Alabo, on Wednesday stated the suspect was nabbed 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.

Alfred charged inhabitants of the community to be vigilant and frequently inform security outfits of any suspicious incident for swift action.

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