Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Bauchi State have arrested a 52-year old man, Kabiru Abdullahi, and his accomplice, Alhaji Yawale (45), for allegedly kidnapping and killing a 5-year old girl.
The victim simply identified as Khadija was the daughter of Abdulai’s former neighbour, Abdullahi Yusuf, at Sabon Gari Narabi in Toro Local Government Area of the state.
The NSCDC’s spokesman for Bauchi State Command, Garkuwa Adamu, in a statement on Tuesday, confirmed the incident.
According to the statement: “Preliminary investigation revealed that the prime suspect Kabiru Abdullahi kidnapped Khadija in front of her house on April 23, 2022 and took her to a nearby bridge, strangled her and put her in a sack.
“He contacted the father of the victim Abdullahi Yusuf and demanded a ransom. After a series of negotiations, it was agreed that the sum of N150,000 be paid for her release.
“His accomplice, Yawale collected the sum of N150,000 under a tamarind tree at a nearby bush in Narabi village. During their arrests, a cash sum of N42,000, fake $200, charms, and different car keys among other exhibits were received recovered from the suspects.
“Further investigation revealed that Khadija was killed on April 27, 2022, and buried inside the kitchen of the prime suspect.
“A team of investigators went and dug the sack from the ground and took the body to the General Hospital, Toro, where she was certified dead by a medical doctor.”