Just when the nation is recovering from the shocking news of the murder of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar by her school proprietor in Kano last year, a similar case happened in Narabi village in Toro Local Government Area, Bauchi State.
Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps announced on Tuesday that they have arrested 52-year-old Kabiru Abdullahi and Alhaji Yawale, 45, for kidnapping and killing of a five-year-old girl, Khadija Abdullahi, after receiving a N150,000 ransom.
The state Commandant, Nurudeen Abdullahi, said the men kidnapped the child in front of her family house and took her to a bridge where they strangled and put her body in a sack.
He said the suspects later buried the corpse in Kabiru’s kitchen and thereafter contacted her father, a businessman.
He said both men demanded N1m ransom, adding that after bargaining, they collected N150,000.
“A team of investigators dug the sack from the ground and took the body to the General Hospital, Toro, where she was certified dead by a medical doctor.”
Abdullahi said the suspects would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
Speaking to a Daily Trust correspondent, the father of the deceased, Abdullahi Yusuf, said he had never imagined that Kabiru Abdullahi would carry out this dastardly act because of their relationship. He recalled that the suspect was instrumental to him acquiring the plot of land where he built his present house. He said, moreover the suspect kept all the building materials used in building the house seven years ago.
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Malam Abdullahi Yusuf said his daughter went missing on April 18. He was at the shop in the market when he was called and told that she has not been seen. “A day after, I reported the case to the police station but seven days later, there was no news about where she was and on the eighth day, I receive a letter, which was dropped at the gate of my house. The letter said my daughter was being held and they were demanding N1 million as ransom.
Abdullahi Yusuf said two weeks later, he received an SMS via his phone asking him to immediately make efforts to pay the ransom. He said the kidnappers added that his daughter was being exposed to the rainfall and other vagaries. They said he should blame himself if this resulted in the death of his daughter.
He said after receiving the message, he called and started negotiating with the kidnappers. He said, he told them that he could not afford the N1 million they were demanding and they asked him to pay N300, 000, which he also told them he did not have that amount.
“After that, they asked me how much I could afford and I replied N50,000, which they rejected and started abusing me. I jerked it to N100, 000 but they insisted on N200,000. We later agreed on N150, 000.
“They asked me to take the money to a spot close to a tree in our village, which I complied with.’’
He said they later picked up the money and promised to release his daughter at 2 p.m. that day but they did not do that up to the following morning.
“I sent them a text message asking them why they failed to release my daughter after they had promised. They replied that I should not disturb them and they ceased any communication with me,’’ he said.
“On May 5, they sent another text message demanding for an additional N150, 000 otherwise I will never see my daughter again. I was very upset with the message. They asked me to call them the following day and when I called, they started abusing me again but I grew angry and abused them back.’’
Abdullahi said later people in the neighbourhood started suspecting his neighbour when they noticed that soon after the incident he had relocated to his new house in another part of the village.
He said following this, a report was lodged at the office of the Civil Defence Corps whose officers arrested the suspect. He said when Kabiru was interrogated, he confessed to committing the act.
“After that, the officials of the Civil Defence took him to their office and asked about my daughter and he told them that they had killed her and when asked about the corpse, he told them he had dropped it in a pond.
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“He was later taken to Bauchi and when he was asked again he maintained that they had thrown the body inside a pond.’’
Abdullahi said on their return to the village, they decided that the suspect should further be interrogated on the whereabouts of the corpse since the body could not be found where he claimed they had thrown it.
“After further interrogation by the officials of the Civil Defence, he admitted that they have killed the girl and buried the body inside his house.
“We went to the house and searched and found the body, which was earlier put inside a sack before it was buried. We had to use a knife to cut it open. We have since buried her’’
He said he was more devastated before the discovery of her remains.
“Before her corpse was found, I could not sleep for five days but after it was found, I became relaxed and was able to eat.
“This man was very close to my children. Sometimes, I would meet him playing with them in front of my house. The girl knew him very well and played with him. On the day he moved from our neighbourhood, his children slept in my house,’’ Abdullahi said.
Abdullahi Yusuf said the other suspect lives in a nearby village and was the one who was speaking to him on phone.
He thanked officials of the NSCDC for their professionalism, which led to the arrest of the suspects. He called on the authorities to ensure justice is done in the case.
Also speaking to Daily Trust, the mother of the deceased, Maimuna Abdullahi, said her daughter was kidnapped while playing with her siblings in front of their house.
He said “I never thought this man would betray us because of the close relationship we have with him and members of his family. It is unfortunate that he could do this to a girl that was calling him `daddy.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, said they were yet to receive any report from officials of the NSCDC on the case.
Court orders arrest, imprisonment of COAS
A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, for alleged contempt.
The judge ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya to be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of the court on October 12, 2022, adding that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been “purged”of the contempt.
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The judge issued that the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, be arrested and imprisoned for a similar offense.
This is coming few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.
The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.
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First Lady Aisha Buhari, is expected to testify against Aminu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa, who criticised her on Twitter.
Vanguard that Aisha is among the five witnesses listed by the prosecution to testify against Mohammed in court.
Meanwhile, the police alleged that the offence, bordering on defamation and cyberstalking, contravened Section 391 of the Penal Code.
“And wrote on it in Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”
The defendant is to be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application, as disclosed by his lawyer, Kinsley Anga.
Recall that the said student was remanded in prison after being arraigned at the FCT High Court No. 14 in Abuja on Tuesday for cyberstalking and defamation against the First Lady.
Although Mohammed pleaded not guilty, he was still sent to the Suleja correctional centre without an option of bail.
The 24-year-old who hails from Bauchi State was allegedly arrested on the orders of the First Lady a few days ago sparking outrage among Nigerians with many calling for his release.
He had tweeted back in June in the Hausa language that the First Lady was feeding fat on the poor people’s money.
The tweet read, “Su mama Anchi Kudin Talakawa an koshi,” meaning, “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”
The 500-level student was picked up from his school two weeks ago and taken straight to the Presidential Villa where he was allegedly brutalised, beaten, maltreated and humiliated by the police suspected of men belonging to the Department of State Services.
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