Residents of a suburb in Bauchi Metropolis were thrown into shock and mourning after abduction and grousome murder of a 15 year old boy , Abubakar Sadiq Suleiman by a group of suspected amateur kidnappers after they allegedly collected a ransom of N5.5mn.
Recounting the incident to newsmen in Bauchi, after the funeral prayers, the father of the deceased , Mohammed Auwal Suleiman, narrated that, “ ono Thursday 2nd April 2020 I was called on my phone and asked if I am the father of Sadiq to which I said yes, they then told me that they have abducted my son and they need N10,000,000 or else they will kill him if I didn’t bring the N10 million”.
Mohammed Suleiman further said that, “when they dropped the phone ,I immediately called my wife and asked her where about of Sadiq and she searched the House and told me that he was not around , I told her I am coming because I was among the Medical Doctors selected to be part of the Taskforce on Corona virus. I drove back home , and after two days they called me again and asked me to give them N7 million, they collected some amount of money in cash at hand and they sent me three different account numbers and asked me to deposit money in to the three account numbers which I complied, they told me after that evening prayer around 7pm I should go and take my son in Inkil village, later they called me and asked me to go to Kangere near some Church that I will see my son we went there with my brothers and searched for the boy we didn’t see him”.
He also said that, “we came back and after we came, I received a phone call from the Police because the matter was reported to them they told me that they have arrested three suspects in connection with the incident I should come and see them because they confessed that they are responsible for the kidnapping of my son”
Suleiman added that, “ when I went there I found that one of them (suspected kidnappers) purchased a brand new Mercedes Benz car N2.3mn and they bought three mobile phones each costing the sum of N160,000, and they said one of them is in Azare and the Police went and arrested him, all of them are in Police custody”
He said “last Friday Police told them that the suspects said the people that abducted the boy had killed him and took the Police to a place where they buried the remains of Sadiq after they saw the place then Police invited us to the scene where they buried him we dug the grave and found his dead body we took him to the Hospital where he was certified dead by the medical Doctor”.
Father of the boy said that, “the Doctor in his report said he saw where he was stabbed on his neck and where he was hit with something on his head and they gave us his dead body we buried him according to Islamic rights”.
Suleiman said that all he wants is justice to be done to assuage his son’s death by the authorities in order to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to do this heinous act saying that, “we believe they killed him after they collected the ransom because they allowed me to speak with my boy one time after they collected the money.”
Suleiman said that he is suspecting the son of one of his neighbors was among the people that kidnapped his son because he was arrested and even his father went and confirmed that he is his biological son.
Police Public Relations Officer DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar confirmed the incident he said Police has commenced investigation in to the matter.