Plateau State Police Command on wednesday said it has arrested a pastor who allegedly kidnapped himself several times and collected ransom from members of his congregation.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Plateau State Police Command DSP Alfred Alabo, made this known in a statement in Jos.
Alabo said the suspect was arrested by the police in November 2022.
“The police has uncovered the nefarious act of one Pastor Albarka Sukuya of Jenta Apata, Jos, who on several occasions staged his kidnap with his cohorts and received ransom from sympathising members of his congregation.
“Sequel to his spurious kidnaps of November 14 and November 15, 2022, where #400,000 and #200,000, respectively were paid by his sympathisers as ransom for his release, the incidents triggered suspicion.
“Through credible intelligence, the clergyman was invited by the DPO Nasarawa Gwong Police station, CSP Musa Hassan and investigation commenced immediately.
“In the course of investigation, it was established that the suspect has been conspiring with his gang to stage his kidnap and fraudantly collect ransom. He has confessed to commiting the crime”, He said.
Alabo said the suspect had revealed the identity of three other members of his gang, adding that two of them were arrested, while one is still at large.
“The suspect further disclosed that on January 1, 2023, he set ablaze the vehicles and a bicycle parked at ECWA Bishara 3, Jenta Apata premises belonging to his colleagues” Alabo said.
The Police spokesperson called on members of the public to be watchful and ensure timely report of any suspicious happenings around them to relevant security agencies for prompt action.