Pastor Collects N600,000 Ransom from Members – Fakes Own Kidnap

The Plateau State Police Command detained a Jos preacher for kidnapping himself and demanding ransom from his congregation. After church members paid N600,000 ransom to liberate the priest, Albarka Bitrus Sukunya and his accomplices were detained by intelligence.

Pastor Collects N600,000 Ransom from Members

Pastor Collects N600,000 Ransom from Members

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Plateau State Police Command spokesman Alabo Alfred stated this.

“The Plateau State Police Command has again exposed the malicious deed of one pastor Albarka Bitrus Sukuya ‘m’ of Jenta Apata, Jos who on multiple occasions faked his kidnap with his associates and receive ransom from sympathizing members of his flock,” the statement said.

“After his fake kidnaps of 14/11/2022 and 30/11/2022, where his sympathizers paid N400,000 and N200,000 ransom for his release, suspicion arose.

“Through credible intelligence, the cleric was invited by DPO Nassarawa Gwong Police Station, CSP Musa Hassan, and inquiry began immediately. The suspect and his gang conspired to kidnap him and collect money.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and named the following accomplices: (1) Baruk Mailale, (2) Nathaniel Bitrus, both males of Yelwan Zangam village of Jos-north, and (3) Aye (surname yet to be found) ‘male of Jalingo, Taraba State.

“The suspect also revealed that on 04/01/2023, he burned ablaze two motor vehicles (a Mercedes Benz and a Toyota) and a bicycle parked at ECWA Bishara 3 Jenta Apata premises belonging to his coworkers, one of whom hates him,” referring to his senior pastor.

“However, police operatives of Nassarawa Gwong Division, Jos-north LGA detained two (2) of the accused, Baruk Mailale and Nathaniel Bitrus while endeavor is intensified to arrest Aye, the third suspect.”

 

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