47-year-old Alhaji Goma Sama’ila, a dangerous bandit leader and livestock rustler, has been apprehended by the Nigerian soldiers in Kaduna state on Friday evening, September 24.
According to eyewitness allegations, Sama’ila was responsible for organising multiple cow thefts in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, and other Nigerian states in the north-west. He was accused of taking part in a number of kidnappings around the state.
During interrogation, the suspect, who has allegedly been involved in most of the crime for many years, discussed some of his activities and the ransom money he has collected so far.
Samaila was seen pleading for mercy while being interrogated by one of the security operatives who detained him in a viral video.
“I am pleading for mercy and forgiveness; I will never commit such offence again,” he pleaded.
In his confession, he threw light on few of the operations he has been part of, he stated that, “The first person we kidnapped is Abdul; they paid a ransom of N200,000; on Alhaji Umaru, we collected N500,000, Another person is Alhaji Birau; they paid the total sum of N3 million and the other person is Alhaji Ibrahim who paid N700,000.”
Some of the gang members’ identities were also revealed by Samaila.
“In Ragachucku axis, there are Yusuf, Sale, Gomi, Nasiru, Tukur, Banki, Magaji. Then in Kirama axis, there are Musa, Kadi, Oria, Ibrahim, Bala, Rebo, Gaia, Malan, Osama, Babangida, Abubakar and Sule. I can’t remember the name of the other one who left us to join Babangida, Suleiman and Sule.”