A suspected 16 years old Muhammed Jubril has said that the kidnapped 15 years old Abubakar Sadiq Suleiman, his neighbour was brought into their house for ransom and was killed after collecting N4.5million.
The suspect when paraded alongside three others, yesterday at the Police Headquarters in Bauchi said the victim was his neighbour. According him, one of the suspects, Abdulrahaman Suleiman kidnapped and took the victim to their house where he alleged that he killed him with log (deadwood).
The victim, Abubakar Sadiq Suleiman was on April 4 kidnapped and a call was put through to his father, a medical doctor who is also part of the frontline health workers who are fighting Covid-19 pandemic was asked to pay N10million ransom into an account. But after negotiate, Dr. Sulaiman Auwal deposited the N4.5million as ransom.
The suspects according to Police, killed and buried the boy. “We buried him in our undeveloped site behind our house. Abdulrahaman had told me that we should go and throw him away but I said I was afraid of that,” Mohammed Jibril added. He said he has no knowledge of the process of the kidnap but his friend, Abdulrahaman brought the victim to his house where he was killed.
“Abdulrahaman was the one who killed him with a big stick,” he said. When he was asked why would Abdulrahaman killed him, Jibril said he didn’t know but he suspected that the deceased was able to recognised him.
Jibril said they used part of the ransom to purchase a Mercedes Benz E320 in Jos but denied having knowledge of total amount collected. Jibril who is a student of medicine at Al-Hikmah University, Kwara State said the victim did not in way offend him.
While responding, Abdulrahaman said he was not involved in the crime as claimed by Jibril. He said that Jubril told Police that the ransom was paid into his account but they discovered that he never had such amount in his account after forensic audit. “He also told them that I was the one who call for the ransom which the Police investigated to discover that I never made such call on my line. He said I drove the boy in a Keke to his house but I never rode before.”
Also, another suspect, Sulaiman Jamilu said he was not part of them but “he was still being held behind the bar after he (Mohammed Jibril) has vindicated me. I didn’t commit any offense,” he said.
However, while addressing the press, Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command, Philip Maku said when the case was reported by the deceased’s father, his men swung into action and arrested four suspects in connection with the crime. He added that the suspects had bought the car at cost of N1,650,000 and iPhones at the cost of N156,000. “All the suspects would be charged to court after our investigation,” he said.