A baker in Galadimawa, Giwa local government area of Kaduna State has confessed to security agents that his bakery business boomed when he started supplying bread to bandits in their hideouts.
Rural Post learned the baker, whose name is Hassan made the confession after series of interrogation by Operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team, IRT, who recently busted the syndicate.
The Force team, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari was said to have received information about activities of the bread sellers on June 8, while they were trailing a middle-aged informant to kidnappers terrorizing Zaria and environs, in Kaduna State.
Hassan, along with other suspects was said to have revealed that they supplied bread to the bandits at Galadimawa, Damari, Kidandan and Awala camps in Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas of Kaduna State.
Police sources said the suspects namely; Abubakar Ibrahim a.k.a Abu Rewire of Kuregu village in Wasasa Zaria; Auwal Abubakar of Zaria City; Hassan Magaji of Galadimawa village and Ibrahim Kabiru a.k.a. Abba of Galadimawa village would be charged with criminal conspiracy and kidnappings.
However, Hassan, in his confessional statement said: “I started with about N21,000 and now make about N400,000 a month. The boom in my business began when I started supplying bread to bandits.
“I was born and brought up in Galadimawa and I know most of our young men who decided to become bandits,” he said.
The suspect further stated that: “Initially I was going around the area to sell bread in small quantity, that was when I met one Mohammed from Galadimawa.
A member of the syndicate known as Abubakar however did not show remorse when he told security agents that he knew his customers were bandits but didn’t care since he was not one of them.
“I am only selling my wares and nothing more. I am aware that they are kidnapping people but since I did not participate in it, I never cared to know whether what they were doing was right or not”
“Most of our bread was sold to bandits, everyone knows them and had no fear that they would kidnap me because we minded our business,” he said.
The third suspect, Ibrahim, a 17-year-old indigene of Galadimawa, said: “I dropped out of Galadimawa Primary School, my parents are farmers and they made me join them in the farm instead of sending me to school.”
“Part of my job was to sell bread in the neighbouring communities every day but the bandits are our best customers. Instead of trekking around and begging people to buy bread, we just deliver everything to them and go home,” he further said.