Ahmadu, who was notorious for terrorising commuters on the Abuja-Kaduna and Abuja-Lokoja highways, had to pay N1.55 million for his freedom.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who disclosed this while parading the suspectes in Abuja, on Monday, said Abubakar Umaru aka Buba Bargu, 35, was one of the gang leaders that abducted Ahmadu.
According to him, Ahmadu was abducted when he visited the rival gang’s hideout to sell ammunition, and was shot in the arm when he hesitated to pay the N1.55m ransom.
“Notable among the arrests, is the arrest of one Abubakar Umaru a.k.a. Buba Bargu, ‘m’, 35 years, native of Kato Shiroro area of Niger State by the operatives of the special tactical squad (STS),” Mba said in a statement.
“Investigations by the police team revealed that Abubakar is a member and armourer of a gang that has carried out several kidnaps for ransom operations along Lokoja-Abuja/Abuja-Kaduna highways and other major highways in the north-central states of the country.
“Interestingly, this group carried out the abduction of one Mohammed Ahmadu a.k.a. Confirm, ‘m’, 30 years, a kidnap kingpin and leader of another notorious kidnapping group in the north-central, when he came to their hideout in the forest to sell live ammunition to the group.
The police spokesman said Ahmadu had boasted he had charms and could not be shot and Umaru shot him to show how serious he was.
“He was held and shot in the hand until his gang members paid a ransom of one million, five hundred and fifty-five thousand naira (N1,555,000.00) only for his release.
“Five AK47 rifles, five magazines and 120 rounds of AK 47 ammunition were recovered from Abubakar Umaru at his hideout in the forest,” Mba added.
Frank Mba said both suspects operated around the federal capital territory (FCT) and the north-central region at large.
KanyiDaily had reported how NYSC corps memeber, Abraham Amuta, who was abducted by boko haram insurgents, had refused to be set free by them after given an offer.