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Kaduna Police arrest 4 over alleged kidnap, murder of 6-year-old child

Kaduna Police arrest 4 over alleged kidnap, murder of 6-year-old child
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… As Lagos Police arrest 10 Traffic robbers***

The Police Command in Kaduna State has announced the arrest of four suspects, who allegedly kidnapped and murdered a six-year-old child.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige made the disclosure at a press briefing on Monday in Kaduna.

Jalige said that the suspects would be charged to court for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and culpable homicide.

The boy was abducted by a neighbour in Badarawa area of Kaduna, taken to Kano and murdered after the abductors had collected N1 million ransom.

Jalige said that the police had undertaken diligent investigation of the case, which led to the arrest of the four suspects.

He explained that the investigation began on April 29, when the boy’s father reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police.

The police spokesman explained that the complainant, Alhaji Kabiru Magayaki, reported that his son Mohammed Kabiru was abducted on April 24, and that the abductors demanded for N30 million as ransom.

According to him, the father said that they agreed for the sum of N1 million which the family paid, but the kidnappers refused to release the boy after collecting the money.

He said that SIB operatives immediately went into full scale investigation and succeeded in arresting the four suspects.

“The arrest equally led to the recovery of the sum of N840, 000.00 been part of the ransom the suspects collected at a location in Zaria.”

Jalige said further investigation revealed that the person who criminally orchestrated the whole abduction saga is a neighbour to the complainant.

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“That makes it easier for him to lure the innocent child by sending him on an errand to a location where one of the suspects was already on ground awaiting to kidnap him to an unknown destination.”

Jalige disclosed that the boy was killed because one of the suspects had feared that the boy would reveal his identity after regaining freedom.

“They decided to strangle him to death and concealed the body in a drainage system in the outskirt of Kano Municipal, Kano State.

“The suspects, having confessed to the commission of the dastardly act, led the Police to where the decomposing body of the victim was identified and evacuated to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano for autopsy.

“Investigation is still ongoing with a view to unraveling the identities of all those involved in this unfortunate cum barbaric act, apprehend and bring them to book,” he added.

He said that the command advised parents and guardians to be more security conscious and monitor the movement of their children.

Jalige said that this was necessary to protect the children from “criminals lurking around their vicinity waiting to take advantage of familiarization to perpetrate evil, such as this case at hand.”

In the meantime,  the police in  Lagos have arrested 10 suspected traffic robbers terrorising motorists in different parts of the state.

The spokesman for the state police command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, had rejiggered the command’s security strategies.

He said the Strike Team of the command arrested the suspects at Railway Crossing, Ikeja Along.

According to him, the suspects were attacking innocent people and dispossessing them of their belongings.

The image maker said that the police responded to distress calls from victims and arrested some of the suspects during robbery, adding that the others were arrested at their hideouts.

“They have confessed to the crime.

“The suspects also revealed that they attack their targets with iron rods, guns, cutlasses and charms.

Adejobi said that a gold necklace belonging to one of the victims and some other suspected stolen items including phones and wristwatches were recovered from the suspects.

The newsmen report that  Ketu/Mile 12/Ikorodu Road, Mile 2/Badagry Expressway and Ikeja Along-Iyana-Ipaja/Abule-Egba axis record high rate of traffic robbery.

These areas are known for heavy vehicular traffic.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, had recently promised to rid the state of criminals, particularly traffic robbers.

According to Adejobi, Odumosu has directed the commander of Rapid Response Squad and other tactical commanders to sectorise the state for easy operations.

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