A 22-year old student of the Adamawa State University, Jalingo, Abdulbasid Umar, has been arrested for kidnapping his ten-year-old sister, Amina Umar.
The suspect was nabbed with his two accomplices, Sadiq Dalhatu Sani 21, and Abdullahi Habib, 27, whom he had hired to perpetrate the act.
The Adamawa State Police Command in Jalingo on Friday paraded the three suspects alongside other kidnappers and armed robbers who were allegedly responsible for “series of kidnappings” in Gassol, Bali and other parts of Taraba State.
Umar initially demanded the sum of N10 million as ransom from his father before he could release the victim alive. They later reduced the ransom to N4 million, before they were apprehended.
Fielding questions from reporters, the principal suspect in the abduction of the minor (Umar), revealed that he abducted hisl sister “to make his father cough out N10 million so that he could travel abroad.”
The suspect, a 100-level student of Computer Science, said: “My intention of kidnapping my younger sister was to get N10 million. My aim is to get the money and travel abroad,” he said.
One of his accomplices, Sadiq Sani, a 300-level Geology student of the Modibbo Adamawa University, Yola, and Umar’s childhood friend, revealed that Umar had always sought his assistance for the accomplishment of such criminal acts.
Also paraded were the arms and ammunition, a vehicle and other accessories which the hoodlums used in carrying out the crimes.
Police spokesman, David Misal, in a statement said: “The mastermind of the crime, Abdubasit Umar, who happens to be a biological brother of the victim (Amina Umar), had criminally conspired with other suspects and lured the innocent girl into a Blue Honda Hennessy car marked MKF 67JK Kaduna.
“They drove her to Dove Hotel in Mayo Dassa, where she was held captive. The suspects contacted the family and demanded a ransom of 10,000,000 naira.
“The kidnappers later accepted to collect the sum of N4 million. In the process of collecting the ransom at Wuro-Sambe, an outskirt of Jalingo, they were tracked down and arrested. The victim was rescued.”
Misal added: “The Commissioner of Police, Taraba State Command, Alkassim Sanusi, wishes to reiterate the unwavering commitment of officers and men in fighting all forms of violent crimes and use this medium to seek the cooperation of all and sundry by providing information to the police that would lead to tackling crime and criminality in the state.
“Parents and guardians are enjoined to watch over their wards and always ensure their movement to school and errands are secured in order to avert any possible act of kidnapping or related crimes.”