I’ve lost count of how many people I killed in one year — 20-year-old suspect

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A suspected kidnapper, Sani Haruna aka Gayu, who was arrested by the Inspector General of Police special team has confessed to Saturday Vanguard that he has lost count of the number of people he killed for failing to pay ransom.

In an interview at one of the safe locations in Abuja where he is being held, the 20-year-old father of two said he did not take part in kidnapping, adding that he was in charge of the security of the kidnapped victims. He said he was the one who was detailed to kill any of the victims who was unable to pay a ransom as demanded by his boss. He said since he was in charge of securing the victims and killing them if they failed to pay the ransom, he was trained by his boss on how to handle weapons, especially AK 47 which he described as the choice weapon of the kidnappers.

Sani Haruna, who spoke in Hausa, however, begged the Federal Government to give him a second chance to join forces with the police to fish out other kidnappers operating in Katsina, Zamfara, and Kaduna-Abuja highway axis of the country. “My name is Sani Haruna. I am the guard for kidnapped persons where they were kept in the bush in Katsina State. I have been doing that for one year. Before joining this, I was a herdsman. It was from herding cows that I was invited to be guarding kidnapped victims by one of the commanders.” He said he was recruited into the kidnap ring when he approached one of the commanders to inform him that he was looking for a job after losing his cows to rustlers. Haruna added that he was trained to handle guns, noting that he was given a military camouflage uniform in his new role as a guard.

Asked how many people he killed in the last one year while working as a kidnapper, Haruna said: “ In God’s name, I have lost count because I don’t keep a record of the people I kill but I know they are many”. He, however, said on the day he was arrested, he had already killed three people within the interval of three days. Asked why he killed them, he said his superiors told him that if the kidnap victims were not killed, they would kill him. “Even when I didn’t want to kill them, I was always afraid because it could amount to disobeying the directive of my boss. I might even be killed,” he said.

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