Muhammad Kabir, a boy kidnapped from his parents’ home in Kaduna State, has been found dead seven days after he was abducted despite the N5 million ransom paid for his release.
Kabir was kidnapped from the Badarawa suburb of Kaduna North Local Government Area and his body was found in drainage in Kano after a weeklong search, according to the Daily Trust.
It was gathered that after an alarm was raised by Kabir’s parents and he was noted missing and a search conducted to find him was done for days, the kidnappers called the family and demanded N50 million.
In the course of negotiation, the kidnappers later reduced the amount to N35 million before finally agreeing to N5 million.
A brother to the deceased, Abdulrahman Kabir Magayaki, said Kabir was taken away from their house to Zaria and from there to Kano State allegedly by their neighbour, who connived with ex-military officer.
“One of the suspects that took the boy away was our neighbour while the ex-military personnel was also a resident in the community. They took him to Zaria, from there to Kano, where his body was retrieved inside drainage after they collected N5 million naira ransom,” he said.
The newspaper reported that residents of the area believe the victim must have been killed after he recognised the faces of his abductors since they are all living in the area, adding that the said neighbour connived with another resident ex-military personnel to kidnap the boy.
The Kaduna State Police Command Spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident.
According to Jalige, three suspects, including the said neighbour, have been picked up by the police, in connection with the kidnap and murder of Kabir.
He said they all confessed to the crime but said he could not comment on the military background of one of the suspects until after the investigation is concluded.