Kaduna State police command has arrested four people who kidnapped and eventually murdered a six-year-old boy after collecting N1m as ransom.
The suspects were paraded at the command headquarters in Kaduna, on Monday.
Parading the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammad Jalige, said the suspects were paraded for the offence of Criminal Conspiracy, Kidnapping and Culpable Homicide.
He said on April 29, 2021 one Alhaji Kabiru Magayaki, reported that his son Mohammed Kabiru, six years was abducted on April 24, 2021, and the abductors demanded the sum of Thirty Million Naira (N30,000,000.00) as ransom to secure the release of the victim.
“The negotiating parties, however, agreed for the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) which the family obliged and paid but could not secure the freedom of the victim.
According to the PPRO,’ on receipt of the complaint, the Commissioner of Police immediately ordered for a full-scale investigation and the SIB Operatives swung into action and succeeded in arresting the four (4) suspects.
Those arrested were Sani Adamu a.k.a Galadima M 36yrs of No. H3 Mashi Street, Badarawa Kaduna, Umar Mainasara M 32yrs of Sheik Jaafar Street Kawo New-Extension Kaduna, Muhammadu Nazifi M 25yrs of Musa Yakubu Crescent Badarawa, Kaduna and Amina Ahmed F 53yrs of No. 1221 Sharada, Kano.
“The arrest equally led to the recovery of the sum of Eight Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira (N840, 000.00) been part of the ransom the suspects collected at a location in Zaria.
“Further investigation revealed that Mohammad Nazifi who criminally orchestrated the whole abduction saga is a neighbour to the complainant that makes it easier for him to lure the innocent child by sending him on an errand to a location where Sani Adamu was already on the ground waiting to kidnap him to an unknown destination.
Consequently, Mohammed Nazifi on sensing the possibility of the victim revealing his identity after regaining freedom decided to strangle him to death and concealed the body in a drainage in the outskirt of Kano Municipal, Kano State.
“The suspects having confessed to the commission of the dastardly act led the Police to where the decomposing body of the victim was identified and evacuated to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano for autopsy.
“Investigation is still ongoing with a view to unravelling the identities of all those involved in this unfortunate cum barbaric act, apprehend and bring them to book.
“It is however important that the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State seize this opportunity to advise all parents and guardians to be more security conscious of their wards as criminals could be lurking around their vicinity waiting to take advantage of familiarisation to perpetrate evil, such as this case at hand.