Police Arrest Man for Extortion of Money under the Guise of Boko Haram

Police in Zaria said they have arrested one Uche Owunna, 30, who lives on Port-Harcourt Road, Sabon Gari, Zaria and is believed to be behind the various assassinations that recently took place in Zaria, especially the killings of Igbos residing in the city – all in the name of Boko Haram.

Confirming the arrest, Kaduna State Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Aminu Lawal, said that the suspect is now being interrogated at the police state headquarters: “A complainant came to report to us that somebody has threatened him. He said the person has directed him to pay certain amount of money or he will be killed. Having received that information, we went in and napped the suspect at the point of collecting the money.

“Investigation is ongoing and this would help us to get more information on the activities of the suspect,” DSP Lawal said. However, a source that is close to the suspect, who craved for anonymity, told Daily Trust that Owunna was arrested on Tuesday by the police following a tipoff. The source said Owunna was arrested at a joint in Zaria when he went to collect the ransom he demanded.

Luck, ran out of Owunna when he called one Samuel, an Igbo man, of Sabon Gari, Zaria on phone claiming that his name was Ibrahim. “The suspect told Samuel that his name is on the list of Igbos to be killed in Zaria, saying that ‘for your gesture to me when I was young, I will not execute the mission. For that reason, I want you to pay N50, 000 only to stay alive’ the suspect told Samuel on phone,” the source said.

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boko haram, igbo, Zaria

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