Seven suspected kidnappers arrested in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Police Command said it had arrested seven suspected kidnappers in Zaria and Kaduna.
Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the command, disclosed this at a news briefing on Wednesday at the command’s headquarters in Kaduna.
He said those arrested include one Mannir Salihu, who was napped in connection with the killing of one Idris Bashir who left his Zaria home, on June 4, 2021 and never returned.
Salihu who is said to be a friend to the deceased, allegedly killed him to avoid refunding the sum of N385,000.00, being owed the deceased.
According to Jalige, “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
He said the matter was reported was reported to the police by the father of the deceased who pointed accusing fingers at Salihu, his son’s friend.
He said a manhunt for the suspect was launched and Salihu was apprehended.
The police said Salihu confessed that he, alongside “one Aliyu Yahaya 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.
“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 N385,000.00 they owed the deceased.
Jalige said, “The suspects led the police to the scene where the body of late Idris Bashir was exhumed and taken to Hajiya Gambo Sawaba General Hospital, Zaria, for examination and later released to the family for burial according to Islamic rites”.
Similarly, Jalige said one Sani Sa’adu, was also arrested in connection with the abduction of his neighbour’s four years old son in Zaria.
He said, on May 14, 2021 at one Mallam Ismail of Tudun Jukun area, Zaria, reported to the Divisional Police Officer in the area that his four years old son, Mohammed Ismail kidnapped.
Jalige said, “On the strength of the complaint, the police immediately launched an investigation into the said allegation.
“On the 16th May, 2021 the abductors sent a letter containing a GSM number to the (father of the boy), directing him to call and pay the sum of N1.5m if he wants to secure the freedom of his son.
“However, after much persuasion the abductors agreed to accept the sum of N50,000 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 Gwargwaje area of Zaria Metropolis.
“In a turn of events, the victim kept calling the name of one Sani Sa’adu who is their neighbour 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.
“They were both arrested and currently undergoing investigation after which they will all be charged to court as soon as possible.”
The police also arrested three suspects at Hayin Naiya area of Kaduna, in connection with the abduction of a six years old boy on March 22, 2021.
Those arrested, according to the police spokesman, include Jabir Salisu, Abba Ibrahim and Muhammed Shaibu all residents of the area.
Jalige said “the suspects have confessed to the crime and the victim was rescued unhurt by the operative of Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State CID.”
He said all the suspects will soon be charged to court for prosecution.
He called on members of the public “to always be wary of their environment to avoid falling victims of trust from neighbours and so called friends.”

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