A Divisional Officer of the police force in Kaduna Community has refused the one million naira bribe offered to him by a bandit arrested in a local hotel.
It was reported that the bandit offered the bribe from the ransom recovered from him by the police at a hotel in the Tafa community.
In a statement by ASP Mansir Hassan, the Police Command Public Relations Officer, the arrest bandit was arrested on the 19th of January, 2024.
Hassan said the divisional headquarters got genuine information about the presence of the suspected person at Easyway Hotel in Tafa town.
“Operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer stormed the hotel and arrested a certain 28-year-old Bello Muhammad from Zamfara State and recovered the sum of N2,350,000:00, suspected to be proceeds of kidnapping.
“During the course of the investigation, the suspect admitted to being a kidnapper who operates with his gang around Kagarko forest in Kaduna.”
He said the money recovered from the suspected bandit was his share of the ransom collected from the families of victims.
He said, “The said suspect, Bello Muhammad, thus offered a million naira backhander to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to stop him from furthering the investigation, which the Police Officer forthwith rejected. The investigation is still ongoing as the suspect is assisting the Police with vital information.”
CP A.D Ali, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, had commended the Tafa Division’s Operatives and urged them to increase their tactics to weed out criminals in the community.
Ali also urged hoteliers in the state to scrutinise the identity of their customers constantly.