With the arrest of notorious and dreaded killers and kidnappers who operated in Plateau State, residents of Shadam Local Government Area of the state which had hitherto been raided by the gang, can now sleep with their eyes closed.
The gang was recently burst by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team(IRT).
Investigation reveals that first to be arrested was an alleged notorious kidnapper, Kwane Matthew, who, according to police source had allegedly unleashed terror on residents of the area for a long time.
It was gathered that Matthew, had kidnapped two prominent sons of the area, owners of four petrol fillings stations, operating within the area- Dipdat and Dandong. He was arrested alongside two of his alleged trusted informants, Jordan Laguma and Sunana Douglas, who were said to have monitored and passed information on the movements of their victims.
Police sources disclosed that after gathering enough information, Matthew, who is a native of Shadam, would invite members of his gang, who were mainly armed Fulani herdsmen, allegedly led by one Jagoro Umaru.
According to the police, they would storm the area with Ak-47 rifles, abduct their victims into the forest, contact his or her family members to pay ransom before the release of the victim.
A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity disclosed that Matthew’s notoriety is well known to everyone within his community, but none could confront him due to fear of losing their lives.
The source stated that after Dandong, was kidnapped and N15million allegedly paid to secure his freedom, his community summoned courage and wrote a petition against him and his collaborators to the IGP.
The IGP, it was gathered, swiftly deployed his operatives at the IRT to arrest the gang members.
He was said to have confessed during interrogation that he gave out information about Dandong’s location and his movements to Matthew before he was kidnapped and that he also got N1million as his share from the ransom. He was also said to have assisted the operatives in luring Matthew out from his hideout as well as two other suspects, Jordan Laguma and Namoo Damsu, who were also arrested by the operatives.
The 29-year-old Mathew was quoted by IRT source as saying that: “I am a primary school dropout because my family became poor during the Jos crisis. I couldn’t feed myself and I was arrested then by the police and taken to prison when I stole a motorcycle. But last year February, I met one Jagoro Umaru, a Fulani herdsman, who usually rears his cattle in my community. He approached me, asked me to join his robbery gang.
I accepted because I had no job after I was released from prison. They were eight persons in his gang and we went to rob traders in Taraba State. We attacked people who were returning from the market. The people were mainly Fulani cattle traders. We attacked so many people on my first mission and I was given N60,000:00 as my share. I was the person that brought the second job. I brought the gang to my community and we kidnapped a rich businessman living within our area known as Dipdat, who has two filling stations. I showed them the house, but I didn’t go with them into the man’s house to kidnap him. They took the man away on their motorbikes into a thick bush in Bauchi State. Three days later they called me and gave me N1.5million, but there was a man known as Jordan who I sought information about the Dipdat, before he was kidnapped. I told Umaru that we have to give him some money. They sent me N1million which I gave to Jordan.