One Buba Mohammed has confessed to have connived with a kidnapping syndicate in Adamawa State, to kidnap his neighbour, Aishatu, and her eight-month-old child.
Mohammed, a trusted neighbour to one Aliyu Suleiman, who resides in Yulde Pate, Yola South Local Government Area of the state, made the confession to journalists in Yola, while he was being paraded by the state commissioner of police, Olubenga Adeyanju, at the command headquarters on Wednesday.
According to him, he was approached by a herdsman named Wakili, who told him that Suleiman’s brother, who is a top government official in the state, will pay millions of naira as ransom, if they kidnap his neighbour.
Responding to questions from reporters, the suspect revealed that he was the one who organised and informed them of the situation of things during ransom negotiations.
He also confessed that he advised the syndicate to kidnap Suleiman’s wife and her baby, as they will get enough money from the deal.
Mohammed admitted that the family has been good to him, and blamed the act on the devil.
“Honestly, I don’t know them and I don’t know where they have taken them to. All they say was that they will give me money and it was sixty thousand naira of the one million ten thousand naira they collected as ransom. I’m pleading for Mercy, it’s the work of the devil, I don’t really know what has come over me,” he confessed.
Narrating his ordeal, Suleiman said he is disappointed that Mohammed, who he had always perceived as a good neighbour, could do such thing to his family.
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“The ugly experience of the fateful day of 11th July 2020, can’t be erased in my mind, the kidnappers actually stormed my house to search for me,” he said.
Suleiman recalled that during the negotiations to secure the release of his wife and son, the kidnappers knew exactly what they have agreed to do, even before they reached out to him.
“From today, I now understand doing good to people is a serious crime,” he added.