The Kaduna State police command has arrested five members of a kidnap syndicate after they allegedly killed a victim, whose family had paid N5 million ransom .
The suspects are: Alhaji Sa’adu from Delta State, Abubakar Adamu from Niger State, Muhammed Nuhu from Kano, and Emmanuel James from Delta State.
ASP Mohammed Jalige, spokesperson of the command, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the kidnap syndicate had abducted one Alhaji Ahmadu, a Kaduna resident last December.
The suspects were said to have contacted the victim’s brother, who subsequently paid a total of N5 million to secure Ahmadu’s release.
However, they went ahead and killed the victim after collecting the ransom.
“On 30th December, 2020 the Kaduna Police Command was in receipt of a complaint through DPO Panbeguwa from one Abdullahi Salihu ‘M’ a resident of Panbeguwa village alleging that on the 9th December, 2020 his elder brother one Alhaji Ahmadu ‘M’ of the same address travelled to Delta state and since then never returned. All efforts to reach him through his GSM number proved abortive,” Jalige said.
“The complainant further stated that on the 12th December, 2020 he received a phone call via an anonymous number informing him that his aforesaid brother is in the custody of the caller and a demand of the sum of four Million (N4 million) naira as ransom for his release was made. It is however disheartening that the said amount was paid but the abductors failed to release the victim and demanded for an additional One million (N1 million) naira which the family obliged yet could not secure the freedom of the victim.
“On receipt of the complaint, the Command immediately swung into action using the available intelligence, technical support and succeeded in arresting one Musa Adamu in Wase LGA of Plateau State in connection to the incident.
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“Upon interrogation, he made mention of his accomplices and equally confirmed that they have since killed the victim.
“Using the available information from the first suspect in custody, police arrested four more suspects in connection with the kidnap and murder.
“The aforementioned suspects confessed to have been involved in the kidnap and gruesome murder of Alhaji Ahmadu as well as other kidnapping incidences prior to the present one.”
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Jalige said investigation is currently on going and that the suspects will be charged to court upon completion.