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Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Bauchi state have arrested a 52-uear-old suspect, Kabiru Abdullahi for allegedly kidnapping and killing a five-year-old girl .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Abdullahi was arrested alongside 45-year-old Alhaji Yawale following a report received that the daughter of the former’s neighbour – Abdullahi Yusuf – at Sabon Gari Narabi in Toro Local Government Area of the state.
A spokesperson for the NSCDC. authorities in Bauchi, Garkuwa Adamu, confirmed the development on Tuesday.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the prime suspect Kabiru Abdullahi kidnapped Khadija in front of her house, took her to a nearby bridge, strangled her and put her in a sack,” Adamu narrated.
“He contacted the father of the victim Abdullahi Yusuf and demanded a ransom. After a series of negotiations, it was agreed that the sum of N150,000 be paid for her release.”
According to the NSCDC official, Yawale collected the sum of N150,000 under a tamarind tree at a nearby bush in Narabi village.
He added that the security operatives, during the arrest, recovered a cash sum of N42,000, fake $200, charms, and different car keys among other exhibits from the suspects.
“Further investigation revealed that Khadija was killed on April 27, 2022, and buried inside the kitchen of the prime suspect.
“A team of investigators went and dug the sack from the ground and took the body to the General Hospital, Toro, where she was certified dead by a medical doctor,” Adamu said.