In a recent development in Kaduna State, a 38-year-old notorious bandit named Abdulkarim Maude was apprehended at Upara Warsapiti in Lere Local Government Area. The arrest took place with the discovery of a bag containing a ransom amounting to ₦347,000.

The Kaduna Police Command’s spokesperson, ASP Mansir Hassan, officially confirmed the bandit’s arrest through a statement released on Tuesday.

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Maude, admitted to partaking in ransom kidnappings with Alhaji Yakubu and two accomplices from Binchim Village, Bassa LGA, Plateau.

According to ThePaan, Hassan said , “On May 22, at about 10:00 hrs, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Saminaka Division, acting on credible intelligence, successfully arrested a suspect identified as Abdulkarim Maude, aged 33, from Tudun Wada Mariri.”

Maude mentioned that the arrest occurred in Upara Warsapiti, situated in the Lere Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

Hassan also said “Upon his arrest, the suspect was found in possession of a bag containing the sum of ₦347,000, a machete, and some criminal charms”.

According to him, Maude revealed during questioning that he participated in ransom kidnappings with Alhaji Yakubu and two others from Binchim Village, Bassa LGA, Plateau. He stated that the recovered money was his portion of the ransom obtained from the abduction of two tractor operators, Yau Balele aged 45 and Lukman Abubakar aged 40, who were taken on May 17, 2024, while working on Alhaji Gambo’s farm.

Hassan mentioned that “The victims were taken to Binchim Hills, Bassa LGA, Plateau and were released on May 20, 2024. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the remaining accomplices”.

Hassan mentioned that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Dabigi, reassured the public that the command is dedicated to safeguarding the safety and security of all residents. He also expressed gratitude for the ongoing support and collaboration from the public, encouraging everyone to stay alert and report any suspicious activities to the police.