Following an intelligence report, a Special Squad from the Kano State Police Command arrested two suspected kidnappers, Abdullahi Mukhtar (20) and Ashiru Yakubu (22), both of Jain Quarters, Kumbotso Local Government Area, Kano, for kidnapping Mohammed Aminu, who is three and a half years old.
The kidnappers demanded N10 million in ransom for the little boy who was held captive in an unfinished building.
According to DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the Command’s Image-Maker, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, police raided an unfinished building in Ja’in Quarters Kano where the victim was held hostage and arrested the perpetrators after receiving a tip.
He added that the victim was also unharmed when he was rescued.
“On August 24, 2021, a resident of Ja’in Quarters, Kumbotso LGA, Kano State, lodged a complaint that his son, Mohammed Aminu, 312 years old, was kidnapped and a ransom of N10 million was demanded,” DSP Haruna added.
“Upon receiving the complaint, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, raised and instructed a team of detectives led by SP Shehu Dahiru to rescue the victim and apprehend the perpetrators.
“The team swung into action quickly, and on the basis of credible intelligence, raided an unfinished building in Ja’in Quarters, Kano, where the victim was being held hostage, and arrested Abdullahi Mukhtar and Ashiru Yakubu, both of Shago Tara Street, Ja’in Quarters, Kano.
“The victim was unharmed when he was rescued and taken to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital in Kano, where he was treated and released.
“According to preliminary investigations, one of the suspects, Abdullahi Mukhtar, confessed that the victim is a relative of his, and that he conspired with his friend Ashiru Yakubu to kidnap the victim, hold him hostage, and demand N10 million, which was later settled for N600,000.00.
“The two suspects confessed to the crime and were charged with it in court.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, dubbed ‘Nagari-Nakowa’ by Kano State residents, thanked the people of Kano for their unwavering support and cooperation.
“He urged residents to continue praying for the state and the country, as well as to report incidents to the nearest police station rather than taking the law into their own hands.
“The Command will remain steadfast and resolute in ensuring the safety of lives and property.”
“In case of emergencies, the command can be contacted via: 08032419754,08123821575,” said DSP Haruna, who made the announcement on Saturday.