Police arrest eight suspected kidnappers, murderers in Kaduna

Kaduna State Police Command has apprehended and paraded eight suspects for their involvement in a criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and culpable homicide in parts of Kaduna State.

Parading the suspects at the police command headquarters, Kaduna, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) ASP Mohammed Jalige said, crime patterns are so dynamic and evolving on daily basis, therefore, the need for each and everyone to be security conscious in their day to day activities and relationship cannot be overemphasized.

According to him, on the 5th June 2021 at about 0900hrs, the Command received a complaint from one Bashir of Zaria town that on the 4th June 2021 at about 1000hrs his biological son one Idris Bashir left home and never returned up to the time he was filing the report and is suspecting his son’s friend one Mannir Salihu as responsible for his son’s disappearance.

He said, upon accepting the formal complaint, the Police commenced investigation into the matter with the view to unraveling the pre and post disappearance of the victim which led the Command to immediately launch a manhunt for the suspect.

“After apprehending the suspect, he disclosed that himself and one Aliyu Yahaya ‘m’ of No.94 Anguwan Magajiya, Zaria City lured the victim to an uncompleted building where they killed him and dumped the body in an abandoned well.”

In an interview with the two suspects, they confessed that they decided to commit the dastardly act of ending the victim’s life in a gruesome manner, in order to avoid refunding the sum of N385,000, they owed the deceased.

In yet another development, the Police said, “On the 14th May, 2021 at about 1430hrs one Mallam Ismail of Tudun Jukun, Zaria reported to the Command through Divisional Police Officer Tudun Wada, Zaria that on the same date he suspected that his son one Mohammed Ismail ‘m’ 4 years old of the same address was kidnapped to an unknown destination.”

He said Police launched an investigation into the said allegation and “on the 16th May 2021 the abductors sent a letter containing a GSM number to the Father directing him to call and pay the sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,500,000.00) if he wants to secure the freedom of his son. However, after much persuasion, the abductors agreed to accept the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000.00) through the account of a POS agent at Zuba Abuja.

“The victim was released on the 19th May 2021 at about 1700hrs through a commercial motorcyclist in the Gwargwaje area of Zaria Metropolis. In a turn of events, the victim kept calling the name of one Sani Sa’adu who is their neighbor which arose the suspicion that he might know a thing about the incident.

“Police immediately intervened and invited the said Sani Sa’adu for questioning. Lo and behold, it was discovered that he is the principal suspect who masterminded the kidnapping incident and went ahead to mention his criminal accomplices as One Abdullahi Usman and Usman Idris all of the same address.”

Also, “On 22nd March 2021 at about 2100hrs one Alh. Hamza Suleiman m of No.1 Bello Street Hayin Naiya Kaduna reported at Rafin Guza Division that his son one Affan Hamza ‘m’ 6 years was kidnapped by an unknown person. During investigation One Jabir Salisu ‘m’ was arrested in connection to the crime who led to the arrest of one Abba Ibrahim and Muhammed Shaibu all ‘m’ of Hayin Naiya, Kaduna.”

The Police said the suspects have confessed to the crime and the victim was rescued unhurt by the operative of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State CID.

The Commissioner said, all the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution while calling on the general public to always be wary of their environment to avoid falling victims of trust from neighbors and so-called friends.

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