The 8-member syndicate in connection to the kidnapped and subsequent killing of Pa Dufwan Dariye, the father of the former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, have claimed that they killed their victims because he refused to help them.
It would be recalled that the suspects kidnapped their victim in June 2020 and after eight days, his body was found in the bush near his village in Horop, Bokkus Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The suspects collected N10 million ransom from the relations of the late Pa Dariye.
After being arrested by the Police operatives attached to the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the suspects were paraded by the Police Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, in Abuja, Wednesday.
Responding to questions from newsmen, the ring leader of the gang, who is also a close neighbor of the victim, Jethro Ngusen aka Baba Mai-Tuwo, said that he masterminded the kidnap because Joshua Dariye was a governor and a Senator but failed to assist members of the community.
“I didn’t plan to kill Baba Dariye, but the mistake has been made. What I planned, was just to kidnap him and extort money from his son, Joshua.
“We are neighbours from the same village, Horop, in Bokkus Local Government Area of Plateau State. Joshua spent eight years as a governor and another eight years as a Senator, but never assisted any of us his neighbours.
“Much as we tried to ensure he helped; he just didn’t want to help. That was why I decided that I will ensure that I get my own share of his money. I contacted some guys and they, in turn, got some Fulani kidnappers to help kidnap Baba Dariye.
“My boys took him to a forest where we negotiated the ransom. We were, eventually, given N10 million.”
CP Frank Mba, however, revealed that the eight members of the gang include Jethron Ngusen, 57 years, from Horop village, who is the mastermind; Sunday Ibrahim, 35 years, from Horop village; Titus Ezikiel, 33 years, from Horop; Ya’u Saidu aka Ya’u Kaban, 40 years, from Kaban village and Dauda Isah, 38 years, from Horop village.
Others are Mangut Shumuwar, 30 years, from Horop village; Henry Amos, 35 years, from Horop village; all in Mushere district of Bokkos LGA of the state.