A popular pastor in Jos has been arrested by operatives of the Plateau State Police Command for staging his kidnap and demanding ransom from members of his congregation.
Albarka Bitrus Sukunya was arrested alongside his collaborators following intelligence reports after church members paid N600,000 ransom to secure the cleric’s release.
The Plateau State Police Command's spokesman, Alabo Alfred, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
The statement read, "The Plateau State Police Command has again uncovered the nefarious act of one pastor Albarka Bitrus Sukuya ‘m’ of Jenta Apata, Jos who on several occasions staged his kidnap with his cohorts and receive ransom from sympathizing members of his congregation.
"Sequel to his spurious kidnaps of 14/11/2022 and 30/11/2022 where the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000) and Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000) were respectively paid by his sympathizers as ransom for his release, the incidents triggered suspicion.
"Through credible intelligence, the clergyman was invited by the DPO Nassarawa Gwong Police Station, CSP Musa Hassan, and investigation commenced immediately. In the course of investigation, it was established that the suspect has been conspiring with his gang to stage his kidnap and fraudulently collect ransom.
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