One of the suspects linked to the killing of 6-year-old Mohammed Kabir who was kidnapped in Kaduna State and killed in Kano has explained how he and another suspect suffocated the boy after collecting a ransom of N1m from his parents.
Sani Adamu a.k.a Galadima, said to be an ex-military personnel while being paraded alongside three other accomplices at the Kaduna State Police Command on Monday said he held the boy’s legs while one Umar Mainasara, a water vendor covered his nose to suffocation.
Daily Trust reports that apart from Galadima, other suspects paraded are 32-year-old Umar Mainasara, 25-year-old Muhammadu Nazifi and 53-year-old Amina Ahmed accused of kidnapping and culpable homicide.
Galadima who lives in Badarawa, near the boy’s family home told journalists yesterday that Nazifi, a next-door neighbour of Mohammed’s parents was the mastermind of the kidnapping and had cajoled the boy to go on an errand where Galadima abducted him.
He said the boy was then taken to Zaria and later Kano where they kept him in the custody of the fourth suspect, Amina who happened to be his girlfriend. He however said Nazifi was not happy that they collected only a million naira from the victim’s father because he believed Mohammed’s father could afford more than that.
“Nazifi later called to tell me that there was a problem and that we should make sure the boy does not return home because he may have recognised him as the person who sent him on an errand. So, I went back to Kano, took Mohammed to a drain system where we killed him,” he said.
According to him, Amina knew nothing about the kidnapping because he had lied to her that the boy was his late brother’s son whose mother couldn’t keep him.
Mastermind denies allegation
However, the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping, Nazifi denied all the allegations saying he was being framed. He said he had not sighted the victim for a long time despite being his father’s neighbour because he always travels to Abuja where he sells cloth.
On his part, Umar Mainasara also denied taking part in the killing but confessed his role as the negotiator adding that he had also picked the ransom on behalf of the group. “I don’t know who killed the boy amongst them, all I knew was that Galadima took the boy to Kano. My role was to negotiate with the victim’s father, which I did and I was given N150,000 as my share,” he said.
The Kaduna State Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who paraded the suspects, said their arrest led to the recovery of N840,000 being part of the ransom the suspects collected from the parents of the boy.
Jalige said investigations revealed that Nazifi who criminally orchestrated the abduction is a neighbour to the complainant, which made it easier for him to lure the child by sending him on an errand to a location where Sani Adamu was on ground waiting to kidnap him.
He said the investigation was ongoing to unravel the identities of all those involved in the act to apprehend and bring them to book.