A notorious kidnapper, Lawal Ibrahim and members of his gang who kidnapped Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman, a famous Islamic scholar and fanatical supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and other clerics in Katsina State, northern Nigeria, have been arrested by security operatives while trying to flee the den.
The gang leader in a video said some members of the terror group brutally attacked and killed one another after releasing the popular Quranic reciter and other Islamic clerics.
According to PRNigeria, Ibrahim, a middle-aged man and another accomplice who gave his name as Isiyah, said ten of them were involved in the abduction of the renowned Islamic scholar who supported and offered prayers at political rallies for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in the build-up to the 2019 general elections.
The notorious kidnapper revealed that he never met or physically saw one Alhaji Dogo Nalade who he claimed was their ringleader but said Nalade regularly communicate with them via phone from an undisclosed hideout.
He said they were arrested while trying to flee their abduction’s den to Obajana town in Kogi State, in search of legitimate unskilled jobs after quitting their ‘heinous’ trade of kidnapping.
The gang leader revealed that the weapons they used for operations were supplied by persons who asked them to use it for their ‘obnoxious profession’ and thereafter request for commissions.
“Mallam’s release is somehow mysterious. This is because despite our unyielding resolve to collect ransom from his people and well-wishers, we later decided to allow him go.
“However, a violent fight broke out between members of our gang. Two gang members were initially killed in the forest by some of our colleagues. Though, the two of us that were arrested luckily fled the forest to avoid been killed, seven other kidnappers among us were shot and killed by our aggrieved members,” he added.
Sheikh Sulaiman and others regained freedom from their abductors on March 27, 2019, after spending about two weeks in the kidnappers’ den.
Naija News recalls that the prominent reciter of the Holy Quran was returning to his base in Kano, after attending a religious function in Kebbi State when he was abducted.
Before he was abducted, Sheikh had offered prayers for the re-election bid of President Buhari at some political rallies organised by All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, in the build to the 2019 general elections.