We’re Lured Into Ansari Terror Group With Trip To Libya, Better Life – Suspects
Nine suspected members of the Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Go Biladis-Sudan (aka Ansaru) have said they were lured into joining the terror group with promises of a trip to Libya and a better life. The suspected terrorists were recently arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team.(IRT) They were Mustapha Aminu (26) Aminu Shuaibu (33), Yusuf Abubakar (24), all from Kaduna State. Others are Ishak Khalid (30), Seal Tela (34) and Abubakar Mustafa (32) from Plateau State, Abubakar Muhammed (25) from Kano State and Shuaibu Ahmadu ,(25) from Katsina State. The IRT said the terror group was responsible for the kidnapping of two expatriates, a Jordanian and Syrian working with Triacta Nigeria Limited at Shiroro, Niger State on December 9,2019. The group was said to have collected a ransom of N120m before releasing the captives. Gang members were reportedly given between N200,000 and N300,000 each. Gang leader, one Aliyu Sokoto and Mus’ab, also reportedly sent a threat email to the company’s managing director seeking a yearly payment of N50m to stop Kidnapping the company’s expatriates. The police also said the group was responsible for the kidnapping of the Magajin Garin Daura in Katsina State and the attack on Mothercat Construction Company. Mustapha recounted that his father handed him over to one Mamoud, who taught him how to shoot and drive their operational vehicles. Meanwhile, the IRT has said investigation were ongoing and that efforts were in progress to arrest the remaining members of the terror group. The team said the suspects had confessed to the crimes while 204 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, military uniforms, vehicles, drugs, foodstuffs, and charms were recovered from them.