The police operatives in Adamawa reported that, a man simply identified as Abubakar Kawu, who works at a dry cleaner, is currently in police custody after abducting a youngster, precisely 6 years of age and twisting his neck in anger after his father couldn’t pay the requested ransom needed to secure his freedom.
Following the information obtained by local news reporters, an official press report about the tragic occurrence was made public by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Adamawa Police Command, the Superintendent of Police, SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, who narrated that the boy’s killer, who is 29 years of age, abducted the deceased, Abdulhafız Buba Aliyu, on Friday, 12th May 2023.
The press report noted that, the culprit, Abubakar Kawu, wanted the sum of N3.5 million in ransom from the father of the victim before releasing him.
Unfortunately, it was alleged that the deceased’s father, Muhammed Buba Aliyu, responded saying he doesn’t have that kind amount with him, after which he begged the suspected kidnapper to accept the sum of N50, 000 as payment for the release of his son, a statement which angered the suspect, forcing him to twist and strangle the boy’ s neck, which led to his death.
Reacting to the tragedy, the deceased’ s father recalled saying, “after my son was kidnapped on Friday, 12th May 2023, his abductor contacted me the following day asking for N3. 5 million naira, an amount of money I haven’t seen in my entire life”. “At this point, I pleaded with him to collect N50, 000 as that was all I could afford. Before I knew it, he shouted at me and hanged up the phone. I tried calling back but to no avail. Only for me to hear that my son’s dead”, he recounted while close to tears.
In the meantime, the police correspondent, Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje mentioned that, the suspect was apprehended by police officers a few days later after a distress call was received from the deceased’s father, and he (the suspect) admitted that he killed the boy out of anger when his father reduced the ransom. Hence, parents were urged by the police to keep a close watch on their children at all times and know the kind of people they move with, after which police authorities promised that the accused face the law after necessary findings are brought to a close.