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Why I went into cattle rustling, kidnapping — Suspect

By Wole Mosadomi

One of the five suspected cattle rustlers arrested by operatives of Niger State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping a man, two of his children and 54 cows, has said he went into the business to make quick money to cater for his family.

The suspects, Abubakar Rabiu, Sani Isah, Abubakar Isah, Adamu Yakubu, and Sule Musa, armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, were said to have stormed the house of one Abubakar Umar in Bangi, Mariga Local Government Area of the state and kidnapped him, his two sons, 54 cows belonging to them before taking them to unknown destination.

One of the suspects, Sani Isah, admitted being a rustler, adding that he went into the business to make quick money to cater for his family.

He said: “I have been a gold miner for the past 15 years and have nothing to show for it because I found it difficult to provide three square meals for my family and as a result, I opted to join the gang of cattle rustlers in Bangi.

“I regret going into this trade because I know it is wrong. I have no moral justification to take what does not belong to me and I pray God forgives me and I also plead with my wife to forgive me because I am ashamed of myself.”

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Our correspondent gathered that the suspects have been involved in a series of rustlings in the area in the past months before nemesis caught up with them.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the suspects had succeeded in selling eight of the cows and that the buyers are being trailed.

Contacted, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspects have already confessed to the crime.

The PPRO also confirmed that 44 cows have been recovered from them and the victims also rescued unhurt.

He said the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as they conclude preliminary investigations.

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