A kidnap suspect who is a dismissed Department of State Service, DSS officer, Abdulrasheed Maigari has confessed how he and other security personnel, including an army captain stole N310 million from Senate President Bukola Saraki while guarding his house in Maitama.
Maigari was arrested by combined operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligent Response Team IRT, and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit from the Abuja Police Command deployed to rescue Chairman of Gateway Insurance, Alhaji Isa Ozi Salami.
Maigari was arrested alongside gang leader, Emeka Kelvin, Ndubuisi Prince Uzor, among others on the 26th of March 2017 in Suleja, an outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory.
They were paraded before newsmen by Force Public Relations Officer, PRO, Jimoh Moshood at the Force Headquarters yesterday.
During the parade, one of the suspects, Maigari revealed how he became a kidnapper and also told reporters how he stole N310 million from Bukola Saraki’s home in Abuja.
According to the Ex-DSS personal, “I was enlisted into the DSS in 2011 with the rank of a Senior Intelligence Officer 1.
“I served in operations department at Gombe and Osun Commands of the DSS before my dismissal in 2015.
“Before I was dismissed, I was posted to the home of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki in Maitama and in November 2015, I can’t recall the exact date, three vehicles brought in the N310 million into the compound and the Army Captain who was on ground that day ordered that we should take the money away because he suspected the money was government money which could have been wrongly appropriated and could, therefore, be taken.
“We were four DSS operatives and four army officers involved and we drove the three cars to a house in Suleja where the money was shared. I got N30million and I bought a car and took it to Kaduna State where I hid the rest of my share.
“I came back to Abuja, but on November 28, 2015, I was asked to report at DSS Headquarters and when I got there, I was interrogated over the theft and detained for five months, dismissed and charged to court.
“I was remanded in Kuje Prison, where I eventually fell ill after seven months. I was very sick and I was granted bail by the court on health grounds.
“When I came out, I had no job, I was just wandering. I couldn’t go home. In January 2017, I ran into Emeka, who I knew during my Youth Service days in Edo State.
“He was in a car when he saw me walking and he alighted and called me. He asked what I was doing and I told him that I was dismissed from the DSS and I just got out of prison, then he told me he had a plan and he would contact me at the right time.
“We exchanged numbers and by first week of February, he called and asked me to rent an apartment for him in Suleja.
“I rented it for N250, 000 and I also bought a small mattress and fan for him.
“The next day, he brought two women to the house and kept them for five days. One of the women fell sick and I bought drugs for her.
“When they were released, he gave me N300, 000 and he gave the boys I brought, N100, 000 each. I rented that apartment for one year and the other flats in the building were vacant, but after our second operation where we kidnapped a man and his wife in Gwarimpa and I got N500, 000, two people came into the compound and rented the other apartments.
“That place immediately became unsafe for us and we relocated to another building not too far from the first one. Then they kidnapped the man which led to our arrest.
“The man was with us five days and N2.8million was paid by his family. Emeka was greedy and refused to release the man but the police trailed and arrested all of us involved.”
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