Kidnappers kill minor after collecting N5m Naira ransom in Kaduna
Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
May 2, 2021
A boy abducted from his parents’ home in a Kaduna suburb was discovered dead, seven days after he was kidnapped and N5 million ransom paid for his release.
The victim, Muhammad Kabir, who was taken away from the Badarawa suburb of Kaduna North Local Government Area Council, is alleged to have been killed by his abductors.
His lifeless body was found in drainage in Kano after a weeklong search.
Sources in the area believe a neighbor connived with another resident, an ex-military officer, to abduct the young lad.
Nigerian Police have apprehended three persons including the said neighbor, in connection with the kidnap and murder of Kabir.
According to community sources, immediately the boy was declared missing, a search for him was done for days before a call came in from the kidnappers demanding for N50m ransom to secure his release, and then later reduced the amount to N35m before finally agreeing to N5m.
The deceased victim’s brother, Abdulrahman Kabir Magayaki, said that the late Kabir was taken away from their house to Zaria from there to Kano State where his body was retrieved after the ransom was paid.
He said, “One of the suspects that took the boy away was our neighbor while the ex-military personnel was also a resident in the community. They took him to Zaria from there to Kano where his body was retrieved inside drainage after they collected 5 million naira ransom.”
Kabir said the victim’s body was brought back to Kaduna and buried according to Islamic rites on Saturday.
Another resident of the area said the victim must have been killed after he recognized the faces of his abductors since they are all living in the same place.
Details of how the suspects were nabbed remain unclear but they led the police to where the body was dumped.
The Public Relations Officer Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige who confirmed the incident said the three suspects confessed to the crime but said he cannot comment on the military background of one of the suspects until the investigation is concluded.