Disgraced Ex-Soldier Arrested In Benin After Threat To Assassinate A Businessman

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The Edo state police command has arrested a 20-year-old dismissed soldier after he threatened to assassinate a businessman in Benin City.

Yakubu Idris was arrested in Kano State and brought to Edo state for further investigation and prosecution.

Idris joined the Nigerian Army in 2020.

He was drafted to 78 Battalion, Zaria Depot, Kaduna State, where he served as a Private.

The ex-soldier's career took a turn for the worse after the Army authority queried the secondary school certificate he submitted.

Standard Gazette gathered that Idris had used a secondary school certificate belonging to another person as he could not prove its authenticity.

Yakubu Idris Disgraced Ex-Soldier Arrested In Benin After Threat To Assassinate A Businessman
Yakubu Idris, a suspect arrested in Kano State over a threat to assassinate a businessman. Image Credit: SG

After his dismissal from the Army in July 2021, Idris returned to his home state, Kano State.

In an attempt to get rich quickly, the former army officer dived into another line of business, this time a threat to abduct and assassinate.

Standard Gazette learned that Idris called a businessman in Benin, Alhaji Badamosi, with a threat to assassinate him.

He demanded a million naira if the businessman wished to halt his assassination.

Alhaji Badamosi negotiated his freedom to five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) and then contacted the Anti-kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit.

Edo police detectives tracked Idris to Kano state, where he was apprehended.

Speaking with Standard Gazette correspondent, Idris said, "I have always wished to join the Army, but l did not finish secondary school. I then arranged with my friend, who gave me his result to join the Army.

"It was detected to be fake, and I was dismissed. I still want to join the Army.

"Due to frustration and a way to look for money, I then threatened to kill Alhaji Badamosi so that I could get money from him.

"I was shocked when policemen arrested me in Kano. I have been suffering since I was brought to Benin city."

Idris appealed to our journalist to beg the police because "I don't want to go to prison."

Meanwhile, the police said Idris would be thoroughly investigated if he had successfully cowed other victims to pay a ransom."

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