Niger Police Command says it has arrested a 26-year-old suspected cattle rustler, Umar Mohammed aka Babuga Yellow, in the state.
In a statement signed by the State Command Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, on Friday in Minna, the suspect revealed that his gang had plans to carry out an operation before he was arrested.
"He confessed that the syndicate was planning to abduct two prominent persons in Garatu village," the statement says.
The suspect also mentioned names of other gang members who also abduct, that they have been involved in kidnapping for ransom and cattle rustling.
Wasiu added, “During interrogation, he confessed to having belonged to a group of bandits who specialized in cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom. He mentioned other members of the gang as follows: Bokolore, Ruwance, and, Giware, all presently at large.
“After a series of investigations, he stated that they carry out cattle rustling escapades at different locations in Beji, Wushishi, and Kataeregi."
He said the police also intercepted and arrested 20-year-old Musa Yakubu in possession of six locally fabricated guns without cartridges, adding that during interrogation, he claimed to have bought the guns from someone whose name he doesn’t know, but resides in the same village with him.