Muhammad Kabir, a boy kidnapped from his parent’s home in a suburb in Kaduna, has been found dead seven days after he was abducted despite the N5 million ransom paid for his release.
Reports gathered that Kabir was taken from the Badarawa suburb of Kaduna North Local Government area and is believed to have been killed by his kidnappers, one of whom is said to be a serving soldier identified as S.A Galadima.
Sources in the community also said immediately the boy was declared missing, a search for him was done for days before a call came in from the kidnappers demanding N50 million, and then later reduced the amount to N35 million before finally agreeing to N5 million.
Abdulrahman Kabir Magayaki, a brother to the victim, said late Kabir was taken away from their house to Zaria then to Kano State where his body was retrieved after the ransom was paid.
“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 5 million naira ransom,” he said.
Abdulrahman said the victim’s body was brought back to Kaduna and buried according to Islamic rites on Saturday.
Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the victim must have been killed after he recognised the faces of his abductors since they all live in the same area.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Kaduna state police command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said three suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime, including the neighbour.
He said they all confessed to the crime but said he cannot comment on the military background of one of the suspects until after the investigation is concluded.