The 19-year-old kidnapper, Mohammed Ahmed, who hails from Gabukka Quarter, Gombe state, has been arrested for allegedly abducting seven-year-old Hassan Abubakar of the Kumbiya-Kumbiya Quarter.
Mohammed Ahmed was arrested after supposedly posing as a good samaritan when he returned the boy, who had gone missing for three days. Trouble started for the alleged suspect when the father of the victim refused to pay the 3 million naira ransom that the kidnapper demanded.
The suspect ‘Mohammed’ was paraded before newsmen in Gombe on Thursday, 3rd October 2019 by the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum. SP Mary narrated what transpired between the kidnapper and the victim:
“Ahmed travelled to the Kumbiya-Kumbiya Quarter in Gombe, where he saw the victim ‘Hassan’ performing ablution as it was part of the Muslim rite in a mosque. Ahmed sent Hassan to buy sachet water for him; while on the way, the kidnapper ‘Ahmed’ trailed the boy and abducted him”
“Ahmed hid the victim for good two days and thereafter demanded a ransom of about N3.5m from the father of the victim. When he saw that the ransom was not forthcoming as the father declined to pay such ridiculous amount of money, Ahmed decided to call one Aminu Babayo, the uncle to the victim and informed him that he had seen the boy abandoned at the Gabukka Quarter”
“Aminu, the victim’s uncle pleaded with Ahmed to bring the victim to his grandfather’s house at the Gabukka Quarter in order to be appreciated. While the relatives were still jubilating that Hassan is back home, the victim’s father observed that the mobile telephone number used in demanding the ransom was the same used in calling the victim’s uncle and he immediately alerted SARS operatives, who in no time arrested the suspect”
The investigation into the matter is ongoing and the suspect would be charged as soon as it is concluded.