Police Arrests Notorious 63-Year-Old Kidnap Kingpin

The police have arrested a self-acclaimed Chairman of kidnappers operating in Niger state, Maitarari Isa Saidu.

He was paraded in Minna by police spokesman Jimoh Moshood along with 48 suspects, including two his children.

Thirty five stolen vehicles were recovered from him.

Saidu, 63, father of 29 children, who is married to three wives, said the business of kidnapping had become too risky which was the reason he switched to receiving stolen cars

He said his last two kidnap operations fetched him N300million and N170million.

Saidu, who operated in Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna,Yobe states and the FCT, said the police recovered 28 stolen cars from his depots in Niger and Abuja, 15 in Zamfara and a number of other stolen cars from Kaduna.

The kidnap kingpin ran into trouble when his boys received and paid N400,000 for a car which he quickly took to sell for N800,000 in Kano.

Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said they were arrested by men of ‘Operation Save Sanity’ deployed to deal with criminals within the five states.

He said that five AK 47 rifles were also recovered from the suspects adding that they would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed.