Mohammed Ahmadu, a notorious kidnapper, was forced to pay a ransom of $4000 (N1.5 million) when he was abducted by a rival gang.
The police public relations officer in Abuja, Frank Mba, made this known during a media parade of suspects on Monday.
Mba said Ahmadu was held by a group led by one Buba Babu. Both suspects were paraded in Abuja on Monday afternoon.
Ahmadu fell victim to another kidnap gang when he visited the gang’s hideout in the forest to sell live ammunition.
The 30-year-old was held captive and shot in the hand until his gang members paid the ransom of N1,555,000 for his freedom.
Several violent gangs carry out kidnap for ransom operations along major highways in the northcentral region, especially the Lokoja-Abuja and Abuja–Kaduna highways.
Mba noted that five AK-47 rifles, five magazines, and 120 rounds of AK-47 ammunition were recovered from Umaru at his hideout.
A total of 18 suspects were paraded on Monday for offenses of armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other violent crimes.