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Bandits’ Leader Arrested By Nigerian Military, Discloses Identities Of His Gang Members And Ransom Collected

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The 47-year-old was responsible for organising several thefts of cows in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and other North-West states of Nigeria..




Alhaji Goma Sama’ila, a notorious bandit leader has been apprehended by the Nigerian Military in Kaduna State on Friday evening, September 24.

Eyewitnesses’ reports indicated that the 47-year-old was responsible for organising several thefts of cows in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and other North-West states of Nigeria. He was said to have participated in several abductions across the state.




During interrogation, the suspect who has reportedly been into crime for many years, spoke about some of his operations and amounts received as ransom.

In a viral video, Samaila was seen pleading for mercy while being grilled by one of the security operatives who arrested him.

“I am pleading for mercy and forgiveness; I will never commit such offence again,” he said.

On some of the operations he was involved in, he said, “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.”

Samaila also disclosed the identities of some of the gang members.

“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.”

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